Mifflinburg man pleads guilty to third-degree murder

LEWISBURG — A Mifflinburg man has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder for being an accomplice in last year’s shooting death of 51-year-old Randy Sampsell at his home in Union County. The Daily Item reports under the terms of a plea deal, 28-year-old Justin Richard will receive 16 to 32-years in prison and will agree to testify against others involved in Sampsell’s murder and the robbery of Scott Vonneida of Millmont on June 12th of last year.


Earlier this year, Richard recanted incriminating testimony he gave at a preliminary hearing, which led to charges including third-degree murder and robbery to be filed against 38-year-old Herbert Tiebout of Sunbury. Charges were dropped against Tiebout, but now that Richard is willing to help the prosecution, charges could be refiled against Tiebout. Herbert Tiebout is behind bars on an unrelated drug offense.


Also implicated in the robbery were 26-year-old Amanda Kratzer of Lewisburg and 24-year-old Michael Shetterly II of Mifflinburg. (Ali Stevens)




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