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March 15, 2012

Man pleads guilty to homicide attempt

NEW CASTLE — A man facing attempted homicide charges pleaded guilty and will spend seven and a half to 15 years in jail.

Todd Rae Walker, 25, of 1014 Glenn Ave., also pleaded in three separate drug cases.

A jury was picked Monday for Walker’s attempted criminal homicide trial, stemming from the June 24 shooting at Charlie’s Bar, 210 S. Ray St.

On Tuesday, Walker pleaded guilty to attempted criminal homicide, a felony.

President Judge Dominick Motto sentenced him to pay costs of prosecution, serve seven and a half to 15 years in a state correctional institution, with credit for 256 days served, followed by five years probation. He is to have no contact with the victims and must provide a DNA sample.

Walker also had been charged with two counts of aggravated assault and prohibited possession of a firearm. As part of his plea bargain, he will not be prosecuted on those charges.

The sentence will be served concurrently with three drug-related sentences, also imposed Tuesday.

•He pleaded guilty plea to a charge of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a felony. Walker was sentenced to pay costs of prosecution and serve one and a half to three years in a state correctional facility with credit for 132 days served. He also is ordered to pay Pennsylvania state police laboratory fees of $113, reimburse the state police $200 used as “buy money,” pay a $100 substance abuse assessment fee and provide a DNA sample. On this case, he also was charged with possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered to do so.

•Walker pleaded guilty to a second charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a felony. He was ordered to pay costs of prosecution and serve one and a half to three years in a state correctional facility, with credit for 132 days served. He also must reimburse the Pennsylvania state police $113 in laboratory fees and $100 for “buy money,” pay $100 substance abuse assessment fee and provide a DNA sample. In this case he also was charged with possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered to do so.

•In the third drug case, Walker pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He was sentenced to pay costs of prosecution, serve one and a half to three years in a state correctional facility with credit for 132 days. He also must reimburse the state police $113 laboratory fees and $275 in “buy money,” pay a $100 substance abuse assessment fee and provide a DNA sample. In this case, he also was charged with possession of a controlled substance by a person not registered to do so.

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

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