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May 1, 2014

Beaverdale man's request for reduced sentence denied

EBENSBURG — A man who pleaded guilty in January to third-degree murder, and submitted a request to have his 15- to 40-year sentence reduced, was denied that plea Thursday.

Gregory Russell Conzo, 52, of Summerhill Township, pleaded guilty to kiling Michael Pcola, 38, with a baseball bat in November 2012. Pcola was the son of Conzo's longtime girlfriend, Lois Pcola.

Conzo appeared Thursday before Cambria County Judge Patrick Kiniry via video conference in the Cambria County Courthouse. Conzo's attorney, Gregory Neugebauer, tried to draw attention to Conzo's formerly mild criminal record and remorseful disposition following an incident that Conzo claims got out of hand.

Conzo's motion, filed in March, accounted for sentencing "promises" Conzo claims were made when negotiating his plea deal. Scott Lilly, assistant district attorney, said there is evidence on file that "flies in the face" of the 10- to 20-year sentence Conzo believes he was offered.

Kiniry denied Conzo's request. Neugebauer said although Conzo can appeal the ruling within 30 days, he does not believe he will.

 

Justin Dennis is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @JustinDennis.

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