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Vagabond gets life for murder; other sentences are imposed

Published May 13. 2013 05:06PM

A vagabond, who was found guilty of murdering a Mahanoy City man in his home, was sentenced to a life imprisonment with no parole in Schuylkill County court.

Jarvin Malik Huggins, 19, whose hometown was Philadelphia, but lived recently in a rooming house in the former Owl Creek Manor, Mahanoy City, and did menial labor jobs in the area, was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes on charges of murder in the first, second, and third degree to serve the balance of his life in a state correctional institution. He was convicted of killing Gene Slavinsky, 48, who lived alone at 408 Centre St., who Huggins knew.

On April 5, 2012, Slavinsky was found deceased on the basement of his home with severe head injuries. Borough and state police investigation led to apprehension of Huggins. The testimony which unfolded at the trial was Huggins broke into the building through a cellar door, cut off the lights in the house and hid behind the cellar steps. When Slavinsky came down to inspect the problem he stepped out and beat him with a 16 inch long cast iron window weight which weighed 12 pounds.

Slavinsky was found in a pool of blood lying face down on the cellar floor. His home was burglarized and items taken from the home, chiefly a laptop computer, were found in Huggins' possession.

Other sentencings

Judge Charles M. Miller sentenced the following:

Keith Earl Weikel, 24, Pottsville, who pleaded guilty to a charge of simple assault, was sentenced to serve three to 23 months in the county prison with the sentence to begin Friday, May 17, at 9:30 a.m.

He also must pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and must make restitution of $270 to the victim, Mary Purcell, mother of his ex-girl friend. He also must have contact with the victim. He was cited by Pottsville Patrolman Renee R. Galle.

Kristian Allen Carl, 29, Pottsville, who pleaded guilty to delivery of a controlled substance in Minersville, was given credit for spending 57 days in the county prison and was granted immediate parole for 23 months, pay $100 to Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, $50 to CJEA fund, and make restitution of $176 to Bethlehem Regional Lab. Carl was cited by Patrolman Jeffrey R. Bowers.

David John Kupusnick, 38, Minersville, who pleaded guilty to charges of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy, was sentenced to serve 21 to 42 months in a state correctional facility, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA fund, a $100 fine, and make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab. He was cited by Patrolman Bowers.

Judge James P. Goodman sentenced Jose Omar Vasquez, 32, Pottsville, who pleaded guilty to criminal trespass, was sentenced to serve one to two years in a state correctional facility with credit for serving 122 days in the county prison and make restitution of $3,500 to the Yuengling Brewery Gift Shop. He as cited by Pottsville Patrolman Kirk A. Becker.

Judge Jacqueline Russell sentenced Donna Marie Beury, 53, Minersville, on a charge of striking a parked vehicle the village of Seltzer, Norwegian Township, and failing to stop, to pay a fine of $300 and a $60 fee to the MCARE fund. She was cited by Trooper Stephen D. Kleeman.

Each defendant must also pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.

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