The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied the appeal request of a McConnellsburg man who was convicted for his involvement in a fatal shooting at Johnstown’s Solomon Homes in 2015.
On Tuesday, the court denied the request that was filed in July on behalf of Stanley Spriggs, now age 66.
Spriggs had previously filed an appeal, under the Post Conviction Relief Act, that was later denied by the state’s Superior Court.
He argued that the PCRA court “made a mistake” in concluding that his trial counsel was “not ineffective” when they “failed to object” to the trial court’s instructions regarding the second-degree murder charge.
The Superior Court concluded that Spriggs did not file the request in a timely manner, and his request was denied.
Spriggs was one of three men convicted in the shooting death of 22-year-old Thomas Peebles in July of 2015.
He and Perry Henderson, now age 51, were found guilty of second-degree murder in Peebles’ death and were both sentenced to serve life in prison.
The third co-defendant, 27-year-old Kenneth Simmons, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was sentenced to 11 to 25 years in state prison after he testified at the trial.
Spriggs is serving his life sentence at SCI Rockview in Centre County.