The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

November 7, 2012

Bedford manslaughter suspect waives hearing

EVERETT — Charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault were waived to Bedford County court on Wednesday in a case involving an alcohol-induced fight between two men whose friendship began when they were 4 years old.

Randy Scott Foor, of Chalybeate Road, Bedford, was returned to the Bedford County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond following his appearance in Bedford County Central Court in Everett.

He was arrested on Friday, more than a month after his lifelong friend, Dennis Sprigg, 49, of Manns Choice died as the result of blunt force trauma to the head, according to court documents.

“No charges were dropped. They all move forward,” said Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins.

The state police report states that Foor, Sprigg and other friends and family members were attending a party at Foor’s Bedford Township home on Aug. 11 when the two began arguing over softball.

Witnesses said they got into numerous verbal arguments over the course of the evening and were drinking significant amounts of alcohol.

At one point when the two were outdoors, Foor forcefully pushed Sprigg, according to Dana Martini, the investigating trooper.

Sprigg fell backward and struck the back of his head on the pavement with what she termed significant impact.

Witnesses told police it immediately became apparent that Sprigg lost consciousness and he began bleeding from his right ear.

Emergency personnel told police Sprigg regained consciousness long enough to tell them he was pushed by Foor.

Those same witnesses who told police that both men were extremely intoxicated said they saw Foor apologizing to Sprigg.

The victim was flown by medical helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, where he was treated for what was described as a skull fracture and traumatic brain injury.

Sprigg underwent multiple brain surgeries and extensive medical treatment, but never came out of a coma.

He died Sept. 28.

Following an autopsy, pathologist Dr. Manjunath Heggere told Martini that Sprigg had been “very forcefully pushed.”

Witnesses told police that Foor used both arms and pushed Sprigg’s shoulders straight back.

Foor’s attorney, Joel Peppetti of the Thomas Dickey law offices, termed Sprigg’s death a horrible, tragic accident and said that Foor never intended to hurt anyone.

Higgins said he had no doubt that the death was an accident, but that Foor still should be held responsible.

“We see it for what it is. If he had intended to kill someone we would have charged him with first-degree murder,” he said.

To read stories in their entirety, visit one of these links:

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

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

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    Here are the names of the 10 entrants that were chosen today-April 24, 2014.  If you see your name, call the Circulation Department at 814-532-5000 (#1) or 1-866-307-0905 to verify your information.

    April 24, 2014

  • WilliamsA ‘I thought I was going to die’

    Hornerstown resident Robert “Bobby” Williams said he endured two hours of surgery, suffered a heart attack and fears he may never again be able to fully use his right arm.

    April 23, 2014 3 Photos

  • Home is Where The Tribune-Democrat is Delivered!

    Here are the names of the 10 entrants that were chosen today-April 22, 2014.  If you see your name, call the Circulation Department at 814-532-5000 (#1) or 1-866-307-0905 to verify your information.

    April 22, 2014

  • JFD traing Firefighters practice river rescues

    Johnstown Fire Department members lift a “victim” out of the rescue basket during training Wednesday along the Stonycreek River flood-control wall

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • sewer meeting map Sewer work will tie up traffic

    Brace yourselves.
    This summer’s sewer main replacement project will delay traffic with detours, closed streets and lane restrictions through one of Johnstown’s notoriously snarled neighborhoods.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • USS Somerset USS Somerset arrives at San Diego homeport

    The USS Somerset is home.
    The amphibious transport dock ship named in honor of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego on Monday.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jablonski, Stephen Charges filed in courthouse bomb threat

    A Johnstown man was charged by Ebensburg Borough police Wednesday with threatening to blow up the Cambria County Courthouse, a call he admitted to Ebensburg police he made Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Vizza, Peter Vizza voted deputy mayor

    The top vote-getter in last year’s Johnstown City Council election is now also the city’s deputy mayor.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Conemaugh Township rezoning opens business possibilities

    A portion of South Main Street in Davidsville will be rezoned to give greater allowances to the businesses along the road.

    April 23, 2014

  • Sculptor’s work to be raffled off

    The work of a local sculptor will be raffled off during the Art in Bloom show.

    April 23, 2014

Poll

Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

Yes
No
I'm not sure
     View Results
House Ads