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Franklin County court briefs

June 01, 2011

Sentencing delayed in third-degree murder conviction

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Sentencing has been delayed for a Hustontown, Pa., man found guilty of third-degree murder for hitting someone with his pickup truck.

Gerald T. Buterbaugh, 42, was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. However, Judge Richard Walsh said he felt he did not have enough time for the matter considering the morning’s caseload.

“Given this morning’s schedule, it just could not happen,” he said.

Sentencing was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 8.

Earlier this year, a jury heard testimony about the fatal injuries suffered by Dale Steven Henry, 32, of Burnt Cabins, Pa., outside Hillside Tavern in Metal Township, Pa., on May 31, 2010. Authorities said a fight preceded the collision.

Man sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison on attempted criminal homicide charge

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A 19-year-old man charged with attempted criminal homicide was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas to 9 1/2 years in state prison.

Darrion Shaffer, who fired the shot in a drug deal and robbery, will receive credit for time served, Judge Richard Walsh said.

“I’m very sorry for what I did. I just want to make better choices in life and be a better father,” Shaffer told the judge.

Chambersburg police said Shaffer shot Kelby Jon Jones, of Chambersburg, in April 2010 in Duke Alley. A juvenile also was arrested in the shooting.

Jones did not attend the sentencing.

“It must have crossed your mind ... how fortunate you are to be standing here not charged with murder,” Walsh said to Shaffer.

— Jennifer Fitch

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