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Trial dates set for Judy Sprankle case

September 5, 2012

State troopers John Young (left) and Julie Clark (right) escort Judy Lee Sprankle, 60, Reynoldsville, to her arraignment last year at the office of District Judge Douglas Chambers, just hours after Sprankle allegedly fired shots at her husband and his girlfriend prior to a hearing the three were supposed to attend before Chambers at the same location. (File photo by Tom Chapin of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BROOKVILLE — The trial dates have been set for a Reynoldsville woman charged with two counts of attempted criminal homicide and other charges in Common Pleas Court in Brookville.

The dates for the trial for Judy L. Sprankle, Reynoldsville, have been scheduled for Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Brookville, with jury selection scheduled for next Monday, according to Chad Weaver, Jefferson County Court Administrator.

According to police, the shooting occurred around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, when Sprankle, allegedly fired six shots from a .22 caliber revolver at her husband behind District Judge Doug Chambers' office on Union Street in Punxsutawney.

According to Chambers, all three parties — including Sprankle’s husband, Elmer Sprankle, and his girlfriend, Alicia A. Caltagarone — were at his office for a 9 a.m. summary trial, in which Sprankle faced charges of harassment and public drunkenness for threatening to kill Elmer Sprankle and another male stemming from a May 18, 2011, incident.

After confronting the two in his vehicle, Judy Sprankle removed a .22 caliber pistol from her purse and fired around six shots, one of which struck Elmer Sprankle’s car, while another struck a private residence along Pleasant Alley, police said.

Responding state troopers saw Sprankle carrying a handgun and walking toward South Penn Street behind Chambers’ office, police said.

When they ordered her to stop and drop the weapon, she complied, laid down on the ground and was taken into custody.

The residence that one of the rounds struck was that of Donna Keslar, who found a hole in the east wall, and troopers later located a spent bullet in the residence.

There were no injuries.

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