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Trial date pushed back

in Sherman Hills slaying

The trial of a Wilkes-Barre man accused of shooting a woman to death outside the Sherman Hills apartment complex last November has been pushed back two months.

Kenneth Malik Evans III, 22, faces an open count of criminal homicide in the death of Shantique Goodson, 27, who police said was shot by Evans as she sat in a car in front of Buildings 332 and 328 at Sherman Hills while the driver was talking to another person about a dog.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial on June 16. Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas on Thursday granted a defense request for a continuance.

Lupas set a July 16 pretrial status conference date, with the trial now set for Aug. 18.

Prosecutors respond

to Letteer’s appeal

Prosecutors have issued a response opposing hit-and-run driver Thomas W. Letteer Jr.’s request for a reduced prison sentence or boot camp.

Letteer, 24, of Plains Township, struck and killed Kevin Miller, 5, on the night of Dec. 21, 2012, in Wilkes-Barre. Last month, Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. sentenced him to spend two to five years behind bars.

Earlier this week, Letteer filed paperwork arguing the court had abused its discretion, and noted he would have been eligible for boot camp instead of prison, had the judge decided to make that recommendation.

“Admitted that the defendant’s charge does not preclude him from boot camp eligibility,” says a response filed by District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis and ADA Mamie Phillips.

“Denied that the defendant would derive a clear benefit (from boot camp) as any potential benefit is conjecture,” the prosecutors added.

They then denied the balance of Letteer’s contentions.

Sklarosky must rule on whether Letteer’s request can move forward.

Letteer is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution Camp Hill in Cumberland County, according to the state Department of Corrections website.

Rehab placement delays

suspect’s arraignment

Arraignment for a Hanover Township drug suspect has been delayed while the man completes in-patient rehabilitation in another state, according to court documents.

Moses J. Sam, 23, was arrested in February on allegations that he was packaging and delivering cocaine.

Agents with the Luzerne County Drug Task Force said they recovered 40 grams of cocaine with a street value of $4,000, digital scale, plastic bags, $2,550 cash and three guns.

Defense attorney Peter John Moses, in paperwork filed Thursday, sought a continuance until Sam finishes with rehab.

County Judge Michael T. Vough set arraignment for July 3.

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