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Shooting suspect gets trial date

November 17, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Smithsburg, Md., man charged with attempted homicide in a 1997 shooting in Washington Township, Pa., was scheduled Monday for a trial before a Franklin County judge on Dec. 22.

Ralph N. Manna, 60, already has been sentenced to life in prison in Maryland for the murder of Linda Delauter, 53, of Myersville, Md., and attempted murder and a handgun violation for trying to kill Linda Grossnickle of Wolfsville, Md. He pleaded guilty to those charges in January.

In Pennsylvania, Manna is charged with criminal attempt to commit homicide, burglary and two counts of aggravated assault in connection with the Jan. 6, 1997, shooting of Richard Sanchez.

Sanchez and his wife, Candace, were in the basement of their Gehr Road home when a man smashed a sliding glass door and shot Sanchez in the throat, torso and foot.

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The incidents involving Delauter and Grossnickle occurred the same night. Manna knew all the victims, according to authorities in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

On Dec. 22, Manna either can go ahead with a trial or enter a plea to the charges, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office. If convicted on all charges, he could face up to 70 years in prison.

Also on Monday, the criminal homicide trial of Victor Harold Vaughn Jr. was continued until the January trial term.

Vaughn, 43, of 1472 Mountain Shadow Terrace, is charged with the Nov. 19 shooting death of Tonya Marie Caldwell at the home they shared.

Assistant District Attorney David Rahauser said Vaughn underwent a mental examination on October and his attorney, Anthony Adams, received the report last week.

Rahauser said the continuance was granted because the prosecution had not yet reviewed the report.

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