Pennsylvania Judge Rejects Plea in Birthday Party Drive-By Shooting Case

A judge has rejected a guilty plea by one of three men charged in a drive-by shooting at a western Pennsylvania birthday party earlier this year.

The Herald-Standard  reports that 22-year-old Christian Cicconi was to enter a plea Friday in Fayette County Court to reckless endangerment and receive a sentence of two years of probation.

But Judge Linda Cordaro rejected the plea and scheduled the case for trial, saying Cicconi hadn't fully admitted his guilt.

State police said nine adults and seven children were in the Manheim Township house peppered with gunfire Jan. 26. Police allege that 23-year-old Patrick Dugan, of Uniontown, fired because he believed 19-year-old Zachary Helisek had been ripped off during a drug deal earlier in the evening. Dugan and Helisek are awaiting trial.

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