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Gregory Clem Charged with Murder

A Johnstown man accused of igniting a house fire that killed his wife in Aug. of 2020 pleaded guilty .

According to the Cambria County District Attorney’s Office, 65-year-old Gregory Clement pleaded guilty to third degree homicide and causing/risking catastrophe.

The Commonwealth recommended a sentence of 11 years to 22 years in prison, which Clem agreed to, court officials said.

Investigators say Clem’s wife, Sheila Clem, was badly injured when she was pulled from the fire on the 3300 block of Menoher Boulevard in Upper Yoder Township Aug. 24, 2020.

She was taken to West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Prosecutors say the daughter of Sheila and Gregory Clement asked for her father to receive a lesser sentence, but the Commonwealth recommended the longer sentence “in light of society’s interest in justice.”

Authorities say Clem’s actions took a life and put the lives of first responders in danger.

 

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