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Derry Twp. man gets 3-15 years

| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 5:22 p.m.

A Derry Township man on the verge of trial elected to plead guilty for his role in a drive-by shooting Wednesday and was sentenced to three to 15 years in prison.

Roger A. Angelo Jr., 27, of Latrobe RD4, was in a car whose occupants fired six shots at two people at 1006 Hillview Drive, also in Derry Township, after an argument over drugs.

"The commonwealth came back with a reduced offer that made sense for my client (who) faced a maximum of 185 years in jail," said Adamsburg attorney Timothy P. Dawson. "In light of that, he reconsidered his trial options."

Angelo confessed to placing his .380-caliber Lorcin pistol on a console in his car where a codefendant picked it up and fired the shots. The shots narrowly missed a woman and entered a home where they hit a teddy bear.

Prosecutors withdrew attempted homicide charges against Angelo in exchange for the plea. Angelo pleaded guilty to charges of carrying a firearm without a license, conspiracy to commit homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and terroristic threats.

Judge Debra A. Pezze also ordered an additional five years' probation, gave Angelo credit for his time in jail, and recommended his release at three years to the state parole board, provided Angelo behaves while in prison.

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