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Top court denies appeal by convicted Penn Hills gunman

| Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008, 12:00 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a Penn Hills man who was convicted of gunning down a Canadian rabbinical student in Squirrel Hill.

The court's decision, which was handed down Dec. 8, means the August 2007 third-degree murder conviction of Steven M. Tielsch will stand, said Dan Fitzsimmons, chief trial deputy of the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office.

Tielsch, 46, was convicted of the 1986 slaying of Neal Rosenblum, 24, on a Squirrel Hill street. Rosenblum was dressed in the traditional garb of an Orthodox Jew as he returned from a prayer meeting the night he died.

Tielsch was sentenced to 10 to 20 years for the murder and later was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for his third conviction on drug charges. The sentences are running concurrently. Three juries were unable to reach a verdict before a fourth jury convicted Tielsch in September 2002.

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