A 20-year-old East Berlin man accused of driving a vehicle while another man allegedly fired shots out his passenger window has pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit simple assault.
Attempted homicide and other more serious charges against him were dropped.
Police said Jacob Grammer and a second man, 22-year-old Terence James Anderson of Dover, fired shots into an occupied home on Mayfield Street in Dover on Sept. 1, 2011. A jury last November found Anderson not guilty of all charges, and prosecutors said they didn't have the evidence to convince a jury of Grammer's guilt.
The incident: Northern York County Regional Police said someone had driven past the home at a very slow speed and fired six shots toward the home before fleeing the scene.
Police alleged Grammer, wanting to settle a score with a man who lived there, was driving his black Jeep Wrangler while Anderson was the passenger.
As the vehicle traveled past the house, Anderson leaned out of the passenger window and allegedly began firing a handgun toward the house, police said.
Officers found numerous shell casings on the street and three that struck the home, which was occupied by four individuals. No one inside was injured, police said.
Officers arrested Anderson at his home later that month, and Grammer turned himself over to police.
Charges: Grammer and Anderson had also been charged with conspiracy to commit homicide, aggravated assault, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, simple assault, reckless endangerment and possessing instruments of crime.
But senior deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake said at a hearing March 20 the state doesn't have the evidence to convince a jury of Grammer's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Prosecutors dropped the charges in exchange for guilty pleas to criminal conspiracy to commit simple assault and misdemeanor harassment.
Defense attorney John Mooney III said Grammer wasn't aware Anderson was planning to shoot at the house, and he was guilty only of "making a poor choice in a friend."
Grammer told Common Pleas Judge Richard K. Renn he had intended to fight the man who lived in the house because the man owed him money, but he didn't know Anderson had a weapon.
He was sentenced to time served in York County Prison (five months) and will be on probation for about 18 months, Mooney said.
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