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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.