Waynesboro man accused in triple homicide to return to Pa. next week

Sheriff's deputies will transport Kevin M. Cleeves from Ohio to Franklin County Jail

July 31, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Kevin Cleeves
Pennsylvania State Police

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Waynesboro man accused of fatally shooting his wife and two other people Friday in Quincy Township, Pa., is expected to return to Pennsylvania next week to face criminal homicide charges.

Franklin County (Pa.) Sheriff Dane Anthony said two deputies will transport Kevin M. Cleeves, 35, from Mahoning County, Ohio, to the Franklin County Jail in a van early next week. He said all paperwork and authorizations are in place after Cleeves waived his right to fight extradition.

Prosecutors said Cleeves will be arraigned soon after his arrival in Pennsylvania. Bail could be set at that time, although criminal homicide is a charge for which judges often choose to deny bail.

Three counts of criminal homicide await Cleeves, whom police say fatally shot his wife, Brandi N. (Killingsworth) Cleeves, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s mother in a driveway at 7705 Anthony Highway at 9 p.m. Friday.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Brandi Cleeves, 25, of Boonsboro, died of multiple gunshot wounds, as did Vincent Luke Santucci Jr., 28, and Rosemary Holma, 55. He would not say how many times the victims were shot.


Police claim Cleeves fled the Santucci/Holma property with his 4-year-old daughter, Leia, en route to Michigan before being apprehended in a Youngstown, Ohio, suburb early Saturday. Investigators used Cleeves’ cellphone signal to track him.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, Cleeves did not have a defense attorney listed with Pennsylvania’s courts.
No information was available about new custody arrangements for Leia Cleeves.

Earlier custody filings by her parents indicate the couple split June 17 after a seven-year relationship and five-month marriage.

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