Crime

Bellefonte man signs plea deal in 2014 attempted murder case

Police investigate the scene of a shooting outside of a VFW hall in Osceola Mills in 2014. A Bellefonte man, who was charged with attempted murder after the shooting, has signed a plea agreement.
Police investigate the scene of a shooting outside of a VFW hall in Osceola Mills in 2014. A Bellefonte man, who was charged with attempted murder after the shooting, has signed a plea agreement. Centre Daily Times, file

A Bellefonte man who was charged with attempted murder after a shooting incident outside an Osceola Mills bar in 2014 has signed a plea agreement.

Robert Dwayne Hanson, 56, who is also charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and possession of a prohibited firearm, appeared Wednesday in Motions Court in Clearfield County.

Hanson’s attorney, Thomas Dickey, asked to withdraw the omnibus pretrial motion for relief he filed in November. Dickey told President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman that he and District Attorney William Shaw Jr. had worked out a plea deal. Ammerman asked that a pre-sentence investigation be done on Hanson and that he be scheduled for colloquy court with sentencing.

Hanson remains in the county jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The charges stem from an incident in April at the VFW in Osceola Mills when Hanson and Jeff Swanson fought in the parking lot. Both men were shot. Swanson was struck in the chest and suffered an injury to his right lung.

According to court documents, Hanson was at the VFW bar when he mentioned to a woman that he borrowed a gun from somebody. He said he planned to shoot Swanson because he owed him money.

The woman went home and contacted Swanson, who was at another bar. She warned him to stay away from Hanson because he said he was going to shoot him.

Swanson left that bar and went to the VFW. Once there, he opened the door and yelled for Hanson to come out. Hanson stepped outside, and the two men started to argue.

According to police, Swanson first slapped Hanson across the face and then punched him several times in the face and head. Hanson dropped onto the sidewalk as his pants fell down. The gun hidden near Hanson’s waist hit the ground. The two then struggled over the gun. At this point, the gun went off firing one shot into the air. Another shot grazed Hanson on the side of the head.

Swanson walked away and when he was approximately 15 feet from him, Hanson yelled his name. When Swanson turned around, Hanson fired the gun, striking Swanson in the right side of the chest.

EMS personnel arrived and provided medical treatment to both men. They were transported to UPMC Altoona by helicopter, where they were treated for their injuries.

Swanson is also facing charges of simple assault and harassment for this incident. He is free on $10,000, unsecured bail.

A witness told police that Hanson asked him if he could borrow a gun. This witness stated he didn’t know Hanson was planning to shoot someone. He added that he thought Swanson owed Hanson $9,000 and Hanson said that Swanson had ripped him off.

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