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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.

Parole Revoked Again for Manor Township Escapee

Three years ago, a Manor Township man was arrested for running from police while intoxicated during a traffic stop.

He was sentenced by Armstrong County President Judge Kenneth Valasek in February 2012 to serve in the Armstrong County Jail a maximum of six months – after a fourth parole violation, is again in prison.

Now 24 years old, Caleb Fitzgerald – formerly of Scout Run Road in Manor Township (Ford City) – ran from police during a traffic stop October 3, 2011.

According to the original police affidavit, officers first noticed a damaged head lamp on the passenger side of Fitzgerald’s green Dodge truck and stopped the vehicle at the intersection with Queen Street in Manor Township. It was then that officers smelled alcohol inside the vehicle and observed Fitzgerald with “red, glassy bloodshot eyes.”

After Fitzgerald and his two passengers exited the vehicle, officers observed in plain view a hypodermic needle and “a large amount” of empty stamp bags on the floor of the truck. While all three were being taken into custody, Fitzgerald fled the scene.

Nearby police units as well as state police troopers in Kittanning were notified of Fitzgerald’s escape. Later that day, officers chased Fitzgerald across a creek and searched for four hours in a wooded area – damaging police gear, including boots, pants and gun belt equipment – since state police aviation was unavailable.

Fitzgerald was found in a camper trailer along Creek Valley Road asleep and taken into custody.

In February 2012, Fitzgerald pled guilty to misdemeanor charges of escape, resisting arrest, driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia, as well as a summary charge of public drunkenness waiving jury trial. He was sentenced later that month to not more than six months in the Armstrong County Jail and 18 months of probation, as well as restitution and other fines.

A bench warrant was issued for Fitzgerald’s arrest in May – and Judge Valasek ordered parole be revoked initially – but a subsequent order ordered Fitzgerald to serve time at the Cove Forge residential treatment center in Williamsburg (Blair County) to treat drug and alcohol use.

But, Fitzgerald was wanted again twice in 2013, and ordered to serve up to two years in the Armstrong County Jail (with credit for serving nearly 230 days, or more than seven months).

His most recent bench warrant issued in August was vacated at the end of September, and Fitzgerald remanded to serve the remainder of his sentence in the Armstrong County Jail without receiving credit for street time.