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2 sentenced for fatal bat beating in 2009

Published November 06. 2010 09:00AM

Two of four men charged with beating to death a Hazleton man and leaving his body in a wooded area off Old Mill Road near Barnesville, Sept. 15, 2009, were sentenced Friday afternoon in the Schuylkill County Court by Judge Charles M. Miller.

Shane D. Roof, 21, Palmerton, and Curtiss Todd Foose, 26, Hazleton, had entered guilty pleas to charges of criminal homicide murder in the third degree, robbery, aggravated assault, theft by unlawful taking and simple assault.

Roof was sentenced on the murder and conspiracy charges, each to be served 20 to 40 years in the state prison and on the robbery charge, to serve seven to 14 years consecutive.

The aggravated and simple assault charges and theft by unlawful taking also were merged with no further sentence.

Roof's total sentence was 47 years to 94 years in a state institution. He received credit for spending 415 days in the county prison.

Roof's also must pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account and all costs of prosecution and make similar restitutions as Foose and both are held jointly or several to pay these restitutions.

Foose was sentenced to serve 20 to 40 years in a state correctional institution on the third degree murder charge, 20 to 40 years consecutive to the murder charge on the conspiracy charge, and seven and 1/2 years to 15 years consecutive to the murder charge on the robbery charge. The three remaining charges were merged with no sentences imposed.

His total sentence was 47 1/2 years to 95 years.

He received credit for having served 415 days in the Schuylkill County prison.

He also must pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account and costs of prosecution and make restitution of $18,100 to the Bethlehem Regional Lab, $4,800 to the Victim Compensation Bureau and to Harrisburg Regional Lab jointly or several with the other defendants.

The two men were reportedly involved with two others in the fatal beating of Anthony Locascio, 21, of Hazleton. After beating the victim with baseball bats, they left his body in the wooded area.

Information filed to court claims Locascio was lured to the secluded area under pretense of a drug deal. The other two men charged are Andrew A. Tutko, II, 19, of McAdoo and Jeffrey A. Gombert, 20, Hazleton.

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