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Regional Heroin Suspect Caught in Kittanning Sentenced to Jail

aaron doyle

The second man arrested by Kittanning Borough police officers during a traffic stop in March has been sentenced to serve jail time.

Aaron Doyle, now 29, of Dubois was sentenced to up to a year in the Armstrong County Jail and 30 hours of community service after being stopped by Officers Greg Koprivnak and Joe Riskosky Friday, March 14.

During that traffic stop, Doyle was said to be attempting to switch seats with another vehicle occupant – Brandon Shaffer – 29 of McKean – and officers saw a syringe and empty stamp bags of suspected heroin in the drivers’ side door compartment.

Continued search of the vehicle revealed additional drug paraphernalia, more than $3,600 in cash and three bricks of heroin.

Doyle plead guilty to the two misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance in October.

Shaffer was also interesting to officers, and during further interviews at the Borough police department on South McKean Street, Officer Eric Baum noted Shaffer’s demeanor and clothing matched a description and video footage of an attempted armed robbery suspect at the Honey Bear convenience store Sunday March 9.

Shaffer confessed to the crime, and was sentenced to two years of probation before Judge Panchik last month.

At the time of his plea, Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Charlton said the District Attorney’s office recommended six months to two years as a sentence.

He also admitted guilt with intent to use cocaine found in the vehicle during the traffic stop.

Bove Pleads Guilty in 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Homicide

Anthony Bove (KP File Photo)

by Jonathan Weaver

Another of the four men accused of killing a Chicora men in March 2013 has pled guilty to some of the charges levied.

Anthony Bove, now 20 of Kittanning, pled guilty to first-degree misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter charges Friday before Judge James Panchik.

A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

After Bove’s bail was set and he was released from the Armstrong County Jail in March, opening trial arguments were to be heard beginning at 9AM Wednesday, December 10.

Two of the other men accused have already been found guilty and sentenced.

In August, Otilio Cosme of Ford City – who was also charged in the homicide case – also Cosme pled guilty to first-degree misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter in exchange for charges of felony criminal homicide, simple assault and aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person being dropped by District Attorney Scott Andreassi.

At the time, the district attorney said the standard range of sentencing is three to 12 months of probation, but Judge Panchik sentenced Cosme to serve 18-36 months in jail in October due to ‘extreme’ circumstances.

Dennis Rosenberger – who at the time of the incident lived in Kittanning Borough, but now resides with family in Ford City while on house arrest – pled guilty before President Judge Kenneth Valasek to single counts of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault for his involvement in the crime. He was sentenced to 36-72 months (three to six years) in the Department of Corrections in September.

Keith Brison of Kittanning is the last of the four men who have not yet pleaded to their charges. A plea court date was cancelled and his trial date has been scheduled more than a half-dozen times before being moved to January 12, 2015.

At the time of their arraignments, all four men were charged with first-degree felony criminal homicide, first-degree felony aggravated assault, second-degree misdemeanor simple assault, second-degree misdemeanor reckless endangerment, harassment and involuntary manslaughter.