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Charges dismissed in shooting after year-long wait

August 22, 2014
Associated Press

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — An attempted homicide case is being dismissed after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that prosecutors failed to bring the case to trial within a year.

Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone told the Observer-Reporter newspaper Thursday ( ) that he takes responsibility for mismanaging the case against defendant Tyrone Lett.

He says he's taking steps to ensure it doesn't happen again, including installing a new case-management software system.

Lett still must complete an 18-month sentence for violating terms of his probation in a separate driving-under-the-influence case.

The 44-year-old was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other counts after he allegedly shot a man in the face and chest with a shotgun July 13, 2013.

He was charged the following day and has been in prison or work release since.


Information from: Observer-Reporter,



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