Judge imposes stricter bail conditions on convicted man

LEWISTOWN – Days after his conviction on vehicular homicide charges, Carl Briggs appeared in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing before Judge Rick Williams.

Following a three-day jury trial, Briggs was convicted on Thursday of two counts of vehicular homicide while driving under the influence in addition to two counts each of vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter, as well as one count of driving under the influence-general impairment.

Briggs was on trial for the deaths of 64-year-old Bruce E. Kauffman and 63-year-old Judy K. Kauffman, whom he struck with his SUV while they were riding their motorcycle at 4:40 p.m. Oct. 8, 2011, on U.S. 522/22 near McVeytown.

During Tuesday’s hearing defense attorney Joseph Amendola said his client had not drank any alcohol since the crash and has only driven a handful of times.

“He’s not a danger to the community if he is not driving,” Amendola said of his client’s willingness to hand his license into the court.

Amendola also argued Briggs was not a flight risk because his family lives in Mifflin County and his parents put up their house as collateral for his $150,000 bail.

“If he was going to run, he would have run already,” Amendola said, adding that his client had appeared for all his scheduled hearings.

Assistant District Attorney Dave Barron said he was informed by some Pennsylvania State Police Troopers that they had seen Briggs drinking since the accident.

Amendola then turned to Briggs and asked him if this was true, he again stated he had not touched any alcohol since the accident.

Williams opted to impose stricter bail conditions while Briggs awaits sentencing. Briggs will have to wear a GPS monitor and carry a portable breathalyzer, which will prompt him at random times to submit to a test. In addition, Mifflin County Probation and Parole seized his license.

Briggs is tentatively scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 22. Barron said Briggs faces a mandatory minimum six- to 12-year sentence in a state correctional facility.