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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
A Selinsgrove gun thief was sentenced Monday in Snyder County court to 2 1/2 to 5 years in state prison while his accomplice was set free by the District Attorney, according to a report in PennLive.com.
Brandon Betancourt admitted swiping the Smith and Wesson M&P from High Velocity Firearms at 8 N. Market St on Friday May 13th, 2016. The gun was valued at $1,250. He was on the run for almost two months. The police had found him July 8,2016.
High Velocity Firearms owner John Margel was happy with the length of the sentence.
“I feel that the sentence will only be justified if he learns and becomes a better person from it. He has been jailed in the past so the time given is appropriate,” Margel told the Orange Street News.
However, District Attorney Michael Piecuch dropped all charges against his accomplice, Daniel J. Keenan, despite having footage of Keegan in the store with Betancourt.
“The charges against Keenan were dismissed because the evidence would not have proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Keenan helped Betancourt steal the gun,” District Attorney Michael Piecuch told Orange Street News in an email.