A father in Pennsylvania who told his son and the teen’s friends to lie to police and clean their guns after a robbery turned deadly will spend up to 18 months in prison, prosecutors said.
Stephen Strickland, 51, of Perkasie, in a plea deal on Monday admitted responsibility to misdemeanor counts of hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence in connection with the 2016 shooting death of 19-year-old Iziah Ramon Lewis, the Intelligencer reports.
The teens had shot and killed another teen during a botched robbery. They had acquired the two loaded handguns they used from Strickland’s home. During their trial they claimed the plan was to use the guns as a “scare tactic.”
Strickland decided not to report the attempted robbery and shooting death to police after his son, Noah, 18, and three of his friends – Harrison Moss, Christopher Pavack and Carson Kimnach – approached him and told him about the incident.
The elder Strickland then instructed his son and the other teens to wash their hands and later lie to investigators. He also helped the teens clean their guns, the newspaper reports.
The teens stood trial. Moss fired the shot that killed Lewis, in Kulp Memorial Park in Perkasie on Oct. 29, 2016, while attempting to rob Lewis, who met the teens to sell them marijuana.
Moss is serving six to 12 years in state prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and related offenses. Kimnach, Pavack and Noah Strickland had their cases referred to juvenile court, admitted to their roles in the shooting and will be incarcerated until age 21.
On Monday a judge sentenced Noah Strickland’s dad Stephen following his guilty plea to serve between six and 18 months in prison. He must also perform 200 hours of community service and serve a year of probation upon release.
Noah Strickland was prosecuted as a juvenile,will be held in custody until he turns 21
Shooter: Harrison Moss, pled guilty lin 2018 to involuntary manslaughter and received a sentence of six to 12 years in state prison.
Strickland’s then 16-year-old son Noah, son and three other teens – Christopher Pavack, also 16; Carson Kimnach, 17 and Harrison Moss, 15, met Lewis in October 2016 at a park in Perkasie under the guise of buying marijuana. Moss then fatally shot Lewis, a former Pennridge High School football player.
Initially all four defendants were set to stand trial as adults and were held charges of felony homicide, conspiracy to commit robbery and inflict serious bodily harm and related firearms offenses against accused shooter Christopher Pavack who turned witness for the prosecution testified that he heard someone yell that Lewis had a gun during the planned drug transaction, which was arranged by the foursome to steal marijuana from two drug dealers to then resell it, the Bucks County Courier Times reported.
But both planned meetings fell apart, prompting the second dealer to put the four teens in touch with Lewis. Pavack also testified that Moss fired one shot at Lewis as he approached the teens and a second as he began to run away.