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Judge says robbery charges may move forward

August 26, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY

A judge ruled Thursday that charges against a man accused of robbing people who stopped to help him on the road last month may move forward.

Gregory Lynn Brechbill Jr., 20, of 9 Redman Alley, Williamsport, is facing four counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, attempted robbery and attempted armed robbery.

At the end of a preliminary hearing Thursday, Washington County District Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. ruled that the case may proceed to Washington County Circuit Court.

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Long also lowered Brechbill's bond from $200,000 to $125,000.

Charging documents say Timothy Allen Butts, 26, and his wife, Heather Marie Butts, 26, stopped along Kemps Mill Road on July 23 to help Brechbill, whose truck appeared to be disabled.

Timothy Butts told police he asked Brechbill, whom he recognized, if he needed help, and Brechbill said he did.

As Heather Butts was stopping their van near Brechbill's truck, Brechbill pulled out a shotgun, pointed it at Timothy Butts and demanded money, charging documents say.

Brechbill then pointed the gun at Derek Lewis, 20, and Joshua Lewis, 18, who were in the back of the van, and asked for their money, too, charging documents say.

Butts told police that his van followed Brechbill's blue Ford F-150 truck into West Virginia, but lost track of it.

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