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Slaying attempt draws 7 years

December 27, 1999|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man convicted of attempted homicide in a 1997 drive-by shooting was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to at least seven years in state prison.

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William T. Houser, 20, of 72 Lincoln Way West, was in court to be sentenced on the attempted homicide and robbery charges to which he pleaded guilty on Oct. 11. Judge Douglas W. Herman agreed to a defense request to run the sentences concurrently.

Houser was given seven to 20 years on the attempted homicide charge and 21 months to 10 years for the robbery.

On July 20, 1997, Charles Green and Damon Bryant, both of Chambersburg, were injured by shots fired from a passing car in downtown Chambersburg. Both men recovered, although Green was shot and killed in an unrelated homicide later that year.

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Houser, his brother Donald and Carlos Johnson of Chambersburg were all charged in the shooting. A fourth man was also charged, but the charges against him were later dismissed, according to Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams.

Donald Houser, 26, was tried in the case, but a jury acquitted him on an attempted homicide charge and deadlocked on two others, according to court records. The charges on which the jury deadlocked were later transferred to federal court.

Those and other charges transferred to federal court resulted in a drug trafficking conviction for Donald Houser, who was sentenced in October to 14 years in prison.

Johnson, 20, of Chambersburg, was sentenced to state prison on two counts of aggravated assault, according to court records.

William Houser also pleaded guilty to a July 17, 1998, robbery of Henicle's Market, 11359 Anthony Highway, Waynesboro. Two men entered the store, one armed with a handgun, but owner Glenn Henicle fought with the robbers and they fled in a vehicle driven by another person, according to court records.

Donald Houser has been charged by Washington Township Police with the Henicle's holdup. Jason P. Schrock, 19, of Waynesboro, pleaded guilty to taking part in the robbery earlier this year.

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