WILKES-BARRE — William Allabaugh pleaded guilty Tuesday to two unprovoked shootings at a Plymouth bar that left one man dead and another critically injured.
He told a judge he doesn’t remember shooting anyone, but Stephen Hollman’s mother wasn’t about to let him forget.
“You shot him in the back of the head. You took him away from his kids. You know exactly what you did,” a trembling Denise Johnson said as she stood feet away from Allabaugh before his sentencing in front of Luzerne County Judge Lesa S. Gelb.
“You still haven’t admitted it,” Johnson said.
Allabaugh, 26, could spend 25 to 50 years behind bars after admitting to the Sept. 9, 2012, shootout in and outside of Bonnie’s Food and Spirits in Plymouth that left 39-year-old Scott Luzetsky of Edwardsville dead and Hollman, then 29, of Plymouth critically injured. He also will have to pay more than $99,000 in restitution.
Before accepting Allabaugh’s pleas to third-degree murder and attempted murder, Gelb questioned him on just what he was admitting to have done.
Allabaugh quietly acknowledged being present at the bar, that he was carrying a gun and that two people were shot. But Allabaugh said he did not remember the shootings.
“I just feel like he acts like he doesn’t remember what he did to my son,” said Johnson.
Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino reminded Allabaugh what he had done, describing witness statements about how the East Main Street resident had been asked to leave the bar after other patrons complained that he was carrying a gun, concealed in his waist band beneath his shirt.
Allabaugh pulled out the gun and fired, witnesses said, striking Hollman in the head as he sat at the bar. And then, Ferentino said, Allabaugh “charged out.”
Patron Mark Ktytor, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, followed Allabaugh out of the bar onto Main Street.
In previous testimony, bar employee Robert Wallace said he believed Allabaugh heard Ktytor and turned around, firing several times in their direction. Wallace and Ktytor took cover behind parked vehicles. Wallace said he noticed Luzetsky walking with a woman near the bar as Allabaugh was firing, and watched Luzetsky grab his side.
Ktytor shot Allabaugh and incapacitated him, a move investigators credit with ending the carnage.
“We believe it could have been much worse,” Ferentino said.
Allabaugh was treated for gunshot wounds. Hollman’s long recovery has seen him learning how to walk and talk all over again, Ferentino said.
“I can’t believe he’s still alive,” Ferentino said.
But Luzetsky died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to Coroner William Lisman.
“It was a horrible loss for my family,” Luzetsky’s sister Lisa Campbell said Tuesday, choking back tears as she stood before the judge, describing how Luzetsky had been caring for another brother who was suffering from cancer.
“I just want everyone to know that he was loved a lot. He is missed greatly,” Campbell said.
“My brother was the kindest person,” said another sister, Amanda Luzetsky. “He was the last person you would expect to lose like this. He wouldn’t hurt a soul.”
As members of Allabaugh’s family listened silently across the room, Johnson told the shooter what she thought of his sentence.
“If it was me up there, you’d be there for the rest of your life,” she said. “I have no sympathy for you. I have no sympathy for your family. I can’t forgive you. I won’t forgive you.”
Johnson also noted that Allabaugh had been a neighbor, saying that while “I don’t know why you did it … I have an idea why you did it.”
She did not elaborate.
Ferentino told reporters afterword that he could not speculate on what motivation Allabaugh may have had, but reiterated that investigators have said neither Hollman nor Luzetsky had any previous interaction with Allabaugh that night, describing the pair as “truly innocent victims.”
Ferentino said the plea deal “was not something we took lightly,” and it was reached after consultation with family members.
It was structured to acknowledge the damage done to both victims and their families, Ferentino said, calling the shootings “two separate and distinct acts that night.” Thus, Allabaugh is subject to 20 to 40 years on the murder charge, and 5 to 10 years on the charge of criminal attempt to commit criminal homicide, to be served consecutively.
“He will spend the lion’s share of his life behind bars,” Ferentino said.