The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 4, 2013

City resident gets prison for shooting man, dog

Kathy Mellott
kmellott@tribdem.com

EBENSBURG —  A Johnstown man who shot another man in the foot and shot his own dog during a weekend of drinking and drugs was sentenced Monday to serve 22 to 42 months in state prison.

Brian Keith Scaife’s driver’s license also will be suspended for one year, Cambria County Judge David Tulowitzki said.

Scaife, 49, of the 200 block of McCord Avenue, has been in the Cambria County Prison since the July 21 incident and will receive credit for time served, Tulowitzki said.

Scaife’s attorney, Robert Davis Gleason, told the court the self-employed lawn man had been drinking and using drugs with his girlfriend and her brother last summer when Scaife thought the two had stolen money from him.

“He brought out a gun and fired it wildly,” Gleason said. “He did not intend to hurt him (the victim). He was definitely reckless.”

In a second reckless act, Scaife’s dog, a rottweiler, also was shot, Gleason said.

The man was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Johns­town and the dog was taken to a veterinarian.

The incident happened along McCord Avenue in Conemaugh Township, Cambria County.

Court documents show that when police ar­rived, Scaife came out of the house with his hands in the air.

Scaife had pleaded guilty earlier to charges of aggravated assault, cruelty to animals and driving violations.

He initially had been charged with aggravated assault, attempted assault, cruelty to animals, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.