Recently released Fayette man accused of threatening witness in theft case |
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Paul Peirce

A Fayette County man released from prison last fall is in Westmoreland County prison after allegedly retaliating against a witness to his theft of landscaping equipment in 2016.

Justin A. Pirl, 31, of Normalville, was charged Thursday by state police in Greensburg with retaliating against a witness and making terroristic threats. State police Trooper James McKenzie said Pirl went to the Cook Township home of the witness on June 13 and threatened to assault him.

McKenzie reported that Pirl was released from prison in October after serving nearly three years in connection with the theft of equipment including a zero-turn tractor in Fayette County. McKenzie alleges that Pirl made multiple threats to one of the witness’ relatives after he learned the man was not available.

McKenzie reported that Pirl also said he was upset because the witness had a relationship with Pirl’s girlfriend while Pirl was in prison.

“As Pirl was leaving, walking away up the driveway, (Pirl) turned around and said he was going to come back again to kick his (expletive),” McKenzie reported.

McKenzie said Pirl admitted during an interview with police that he made the threats.

District Judge Mark Mansour ordered Pirl held in the prison after he failed to post $75,000 bail.

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