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March 18, 2014

Judge: Attacker must pay up before getting out

EBENSBURG — An Upper Yoder Township man was sentenced Tuesday to 25 to 50 months in the Cambria County Prison for attempted homicide in an attack on a longtime friend more than two years ago.

George Demo Zamias Jr., 55, of the 100 block of Berkley Road, is eligible for immediate parole with credit for time served, but he must come up with some cash.

Cambria County Judge Timothy Creany told Zamias he must deposit $10,000 as restitution to Robert Bertoli, the man he attacked on

Feb. 15, 2012.

“You’ve been in jail for over two years. You’re getting out now, but on a short leash,” Creany told Zamias.

Zamias pleaded no contest to criminal attempted homicide in early February.

Upper Yoder police said Zamias and Bertoli were roommates and got into an argument. Zamias struck Bertoli on the head with a full bottle of beer and slashed him on the neck and chin with a box-cutter type knife, police said.

Bertoli was treated at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown for a chest wound that required seven staples and got five stitches in his chin.

Bertoli was angry and outspoken at the plea hearing, but told the judge Tuesday that he had nothing more to say.

Zamias apologized for his behavior.

“It all caught me by surprise, and bingo, my life is turned upside down,” he said.

Along with the jail time and restitution, Zamias was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay court costs.

Creany ordered that Zamias come up with a home plan before he is released.

He also must remain drug- and alcohol-free and seek ongoing psychiatric help.

Ebensburg attorney Tim Sloan was Zamias’ defense lawyer and Cambria County First Assistant District Attorney Heath Long represented the prosecution.

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

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