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September 4, 2013

Men sentenced in shootings

EBENSBURG — Two Johnstown men who formerly admitted to shooting other people in unrelated incidents have been sentenced to state prison by Cambria County Judge Norman Krumenacker.

Shaquille McCord, 19, of Solomon Homes, was sentenced to seven to 14 years for criminal attempted homicide for the June 2012 shooting of Jeremiah Haselrig.

Meanwhile, Edward Lee Reviere, 28, of the 200 block of Bossler Street, was sentenced to 24 to 60 months in state prison and an additional five years probation.

Reviere admitted in August to the Oct. 15 shooting of Andre Sampson, his cousin, outside a bar on Railroad Street in the city.

McCord entered a guilty plea in late July to criminal attempt and burglary related to the handgun he used to shoot Haselrig.

The victim testified at a preliminary hearing earlier this year that McCord and two men showed up at his apartment, where they played video games and watched a movie in his bedroom.

But the recreation turned violent, Haselrig said, when McCord pulled a gun from a black backpack and pointed it at him and told his to freeze.

Haselrig ran toward McCord and the defendant pulled the trigger, the victim testified.

One of the men with McCord took a knife that had been lying on a dresser, and all three ran out the door, Haselrig said.

He made his way downstairs to the apartment of a relative and police were called.

Haselrig was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, where he underwent emergency surgery for multiple gunshot wounds.

City police said that McCord told them Haselrig first pulled a knife.

Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihad dismissed a loitering charge against McCord.

Reviere, the father of two children, wants the opportunity to turn his life around, his defense attorney, Daniel Kiss, told Krumenacker on Wednesday.

“He came from a tough neighborhood and had a tough life,” Kiss said.

“He wants to have a chance to continue to be a father to his kids.”

Reviere, in his plea agreement, admitted he shot Sampson in October after the two had an argument.

Police said he and a companion, Nicole Brkovich, along with Sampson, went into the bar and the argument broke out.

Reviere left the establishment through the front door and Sampson exited via a side door.

Once outside, according to the police report, Reviere pulled a handgun and fired a shot, striking Sampson in the kidney.

The victim was taken to Memorial Medical Center, where he recovered.

Reviere and Brkovich were later found by police in a Bossler Street home.

At the time of the guilty plea, Cambria County First Deputy District Attorney Heath Long said the plea deal was struck because Sampson refused to cooperate with the prosecution.

On Wednesday, Kiss said the long probation at the end of the prison sentence means Reviere will be under supervision for 10 years.

Kathy Mellott covers the  Cambria County courthouse for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/kathymellotttd.

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