The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 15, 2013

Burglar gets prison for hatchet attack

Patrick Buchnowski
pbuchnowski@tribdem.com

SOMERSET — A Berlin man was sentenced Tuesday to serve time in state prison for striking a man twice in the head with a hatchet during a 2010 burglary.

Somerset County Judge David C. Klementik sentenced Jason Charles Foy, 28, of Division Street, to five to 12 years in prison for the botched burglary at a lawn-care business.

“I have taken full responsi-

bility for my actions,” Foy told the court.

State police said an employee, Joseph Rose, suffered only a minor injury as he fought off Foy and disarmed him during the Feb. 18 break-in at Bowlby’s Lawn Service along Stepping Stone Road in Somerset Township.

A criminal complaint filed by police said that Rose told troopers he heard banging inside when he arrived for work and saw a window was open.

“He (Foy) shut the door and jumped out the window,” Rose told authorities. “I ran out the door and ran him down in the parking lot.

“While we were on the ground, he hit me twice in the head with a hatchet,” Rose said. “I hit him until he stopped fighting.”

Foy pleaded guilty earlier to aggravated assault, robbery, burglary and criminal mischief.

Defense attorney Joseph Policicchio of Somerset indicated that Foy’s problems were the result of substance abuse.

Daniel R. Judy, a local pastor who has counseled Foy at the Somerset County Jail, told the court Foy is attempting to turn his life around.

“I sense a willingness to change his lifestyle,” Judy said.