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July 17, 2013

Hastings dad gets house arrest

EBENSBURG — A Hastings man who police said had stolen heavy equipment on his Susquehanna Township property was sentenced in Cambria County Court to serve 6 months to 23 months house arrest.

President Judge Timothy Creany imposed the sentence Tuesday on John Andrew Kollar, 64, of Murphy Springs Road, after he pleaded guilty to disposal of a vehicle alter-ed/illegally obtained and receiving stolen property.

Kollar and his 40-year-old son, Bradley, were taken into custody March 6, 2012, after a massive raid on the family-owned 47-acre property, the former Rich Mines site, located in Susquehanna and Elder townships

Stolen equipment including a front-end loader and an ATV with altered or obliterated identification numbers were recovered.

Police at the time said they also found materials possibly used in a meth lab and some explosive materials. They said there also was evidence of a chop-shop being operated.

“The sentence was a just and equitable solution because my client did not run a chop-shop,” Robert Davis Gleason, Kollar’s Johnstown attorney, said on Wednesday.   

Gleason said, however, that Kollar lacked sound judgment when he bought the front loader from a known criminal.

Chief Deputy Assistant District Attorney Scott Lilly prosecuted the case.

“I trust Judge’s Creany’s sentencing decisions,” Lilly said.

Bradley Kollar died March 19 when he packed a truck full of explosives and detonated them near a home in Clearfield Township.

The younger Kollar loaded his sport utility vehicle with explosives and drove to the home of William Shaner on Kepshire Road.

He then drove the vehicle into the home, causing a massive explosion that killed him and injured two others, believing one of them had “snitched” on him and his father.

“This case ends a very profound tragedy,” Gleason said.

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