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Sentencing delayed in fatal burglary

April 23, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A teenager facing a mandatory state prison sentence in a deadly burglary has another week of freedom after Franklin County Judge John Walker granted him paternity leave on Wednesday.

"His girlfriend had a baby last night," attorney Michael J. Toms told Walker as his client, Anthony F. D'Ambrosio, 17, of Chambersburg, was about to be sentenced. Toms asked that the sentencing be delayed one week so he could be with his girlfriend and the child.

"He didn't appear for four different appointments I set up for him" for pre-sentence interviews, Probation Officer Terry Ward told the judge.

"I didn't know it was mandatory," D'Ambrosio told Walker. He said he didn't get all the messages from the Probation Department and was busy preparing for the child's birth.

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"I'm not very impressed you didn't show up for your pre-sentence interview," Walker said. He warned D'Ambrosio he could face more prison time if he got into any trouble in the next week.

D'Ambrosio, who pleaded guilty to robbery on Jan. 7, faces a minimum of five years in prison for an April 23, 1997, burglary that resulted in the death of one of his accomplices, Ernesto "Ernie" Casanova Jr., 17.

He was shot in the head when they broke into the Greene Township mobile home of Alan B. Frazier, of 4496 Sycamore Grove Road.

D'Ambrosio was armed with a shotgun when he entered the home, but he and five other accomplices fled when Casanova was shot by Frazier's son, Daniel A. Frazier. D'Ambrosio has been out on bail since a few days after the shooting.

All the other accomplices have been sentenced, with four going to state prison. The other was placed on probation.

Daniel Frazier, 19, was placed on probation for misdemeanor marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges. Franklin County District Attorney Jack Nelson ruled that the shooting was justifiable.

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