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Man charged in Quincy triple slaying returned to Pa. from Ohio

August 06, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Kevin M. Cleeves
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A man accused of killing three people July 27 in Quincy Township, Pa., was taken to Franklin County (Pa.) Jail on Monday by sheriff’s deputies.

Kevin M. Cleeves, 35, of Waynesboro, Pa., is charged with three counts of criminal homicide in the shooting deaths of his wife, Brandi N. (Killingsworth) Cleeves; her boyfriend, Vincent Luke Santucci Jr.; and Santucci’s mother, Rosemary Holma. The shootings occurred in the driveway of the 7705 Anthony Highway (Pa. 997) home shared by Santucci and Holma.

Pennsylvania State Police allege Cleeves fled the scene with his 4-year-old daughter, Leia, and was apprehended about seven hours later in a suburb of Youngstown, Ohio. Cleeves waived his right to fight extradition and remained incarcerated in Ohio until his return to Pennsylvania Monday afternoon.

Franklin County Sheriff Dane Anthony said at 4:15 p.m. Monday that the van transporting Cleeves would soon be arriving at the jail. He said the transport had gone smoothly.

In response to an open-records request from The Herald-Mail, the sheriff’s office recently provided information pertaining to Cleeves’ gun permit.

Police recovered a Glock handgun from the car driven to Ohio by Cleeves, state police Trooper Adam Reed said July 29. He was unsure whether it was the weapon used in the shootings.

Cleeves’ permit to carry firearms lists “self-defense” as his reason to carry. His permit was renewed Feb. 22.

The permit lists a Waynesboro address that differs from the 601 W. Main St. apartment  authorities searched the morning after the homicides occurred.

Cleeves was expected to be arraigned shortly after his return to Pennsylvania. Online court records indicate he was assigned a public defender.

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No bail was listed for Cleeves as of 8:45 p.m., according to a jail spokesman.

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