Fifty-six-year-old Ernest Simmons won a new trial in the 1992 slaying of Anna Knaze but pleaded no contest to third-degree murder. He was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in that case and two 1984 assaults and was paroled but was reincarcerated after allegations of threats at a Clearfield County hospital.
The Supreme Court said the threats weren't relayed and no action was taken to implement them.
Defense attorney Thomas Dickey told The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat ( http://bit.ly/181T20Z) that his client was just blowing off steam and the high court's decision is a "major step."
Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, http://www.tribune-democrat.com