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Pa. man gets prison time for attack with sledgehammer

March 15, 2002|BY STACEY DANZUSO

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A borough man who threatened his boss with a sledgehammer last year was sentenced this week to nine months in Franklin County Prison and a lengthy probation term.

Dale C. Alleman, 39, in January pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault, three days before he was scheduled to go to trial.

In exchange for his plea, Alleman, of 2004 Philadelphia Ave., Apt. 12, was not sentenced on an additional count of aggravated assault, and one count each of recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats.

According to court records, Alleman had a disagreement with his boss, Pauline Helfrick, at a Chambersburg equipment shop over a loud radio. He became angry and threatened to "smash her skull with a hammer," the records said.

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The woman got her husband, Donald Helfrick, who Alleman then attacked and forced his head into a small opening in a machine, the affidavit of probably cause said.

Alleman raised a 3-pound sledgehammer he picked up from a toolbox and turned and swung it at the woman, striking her in the chest, as she approached from behind, the affidavit said.

Both escaped and called police.

Alleman was picked up later by police and admitted to threatening and striking the woman and raising a hammer to the man, the affidavit said.

President Judge John Walker sentenced Alleman Wednesday in Franklin County Court.

He handed Alleman a 120-month sentence for aggravated assault, with the first nine months to be served in the work release program at Franklin County Prison followed by four months of intense supervision. Alleman will be on probation for the balance of the sentence.

Walker also ordered him to pay a $150 fine and $7,216.54 in restitution and to have no contact with the victims.

He sentenced Alleman to 24 months probation and a $100 fine for simple assault. The sentence will be served at the expiration of the first sentence, according to court records.

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