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August 20, 2013

City man admits to shooting his cousin in plea deal

EBENSBURG — A Johnstown man charged with shooting his cousin outside a bar in October pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday as a jury was about to begin hearing testimony in his case.

Edward Lee Reviere, 28, of the 200 block of Bossler Street admitted before Cambria County Judge Norman Krumenacker that he shot his cousin, Andre Sampson, outside a bar on Railroad Street on Oct. 15.

Originally charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a firearm without a license, Monday’s plea was to aggravated assault and the firearms violation.

Both are felonies.

Reviere asked Krumenacker to sentence him immediately, a request the judge denied because he wants to see a pre-sentence investigation of the defendant’s background.

“When I sentence you, I want to know a little bit more about you,” Krumenacker said.

Reviere will be sentenced Sept. 4.

A key reason for the prosecution reaching the plea deal was lack of cooperation by the victim, Cambria County First Deputy District Attorney Heath Long said.

“The victim in this case wouldn’t come forward,” Long said.

Reviere’s sentence likely will send him to state prison for two to five years, a sentence, which Long said, falls within the standard range, according to state sentencing guidelines.  

City police arrested Reviere following the shooting, along with a companion, Nicole Brkovich.

The two and Sampson went into the bar together and an argument subsequently 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 that struck Sampson in the kidney.

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

Police later found Reviere and Brkovich inside a Bossler Street home.

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

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