York man serving life gets five years added to sentence

John Joyce

A York City man already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a 2011 homicide was sentenced Wednesday to an additional 5 to 10 years in prison for a shooting which took place half an hour after the murder, according to court documents.


Sebastian Olmeda, 25, formerly of 945 E. Market St., is serving a life sentence for the July 2, 2011, shooting death of Eddie Rivera, 33, a New York man shot at 2:47 a.m. while standing inside a residence on Pattison Street. Olmeda was convicted of the murder in October 2013.

Plea: Olmeda pleaded no contest in a York County Court of Common Pleas Wednesday to two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault, along with a single count each of criminal mischief and providing a false identity to police, according to the plea deal. Additional charges of attempted murder, simple assault and reckless endangerment were withdrawn in exchange for Olmeda's admission to the other charges.

According to charging documents, Olmeda fired shots at 3:18 a.m.— 31 minutes after shooting and killing Rivera — at a man who was sitting in a car on East Market Street talking to two women Olmeda knew. Olmeda was speaking on the phone with one of the women, who told him where she was, and minutes later he came around the corner and started firing at the man's vehicle.

The victim immediately sped off, but when he stopped he found a window shot out and four bullet holes in the upper portion of the passenger door of his SUV. Olmeda then fired twice at two other men, bystanders who tried to intercede as Olmeda began pistol whipping the woman he had been speaking with on the phone.

A final shot was fired as Olmeda ran from the scene and jumped a fence in the 700 block of East King Street before running into the waiting arms of a York City police officer responding to reports of shots fired.

Olmeda initially gave the police a fake name, Jonathan Mitzel, and a false date of birth. According to the charging documents, Olmeda was aware he had an outstanding warrant on attempted murder charges from a previous shooting incident. He was positively identified later from his Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo.

The murder: A motive for the killing was never established, although Olmeda had allegedly been around when some other men argued with a relative of Rivera's before the shooting. Olmeda returned later with a handgun and fired through a screen door, striking Rivera in the chest, according to the charging documents. Rivera was pronounced dead at York Hospital.

Witnesses described a light-skinned Hispanic man as the shooter and later identified Olmeda by his street name, "Boom."

Olmeda was later identified in a photo line-up by one of the witnesses to Rivera's murder.

Attempted murder: The outstanding attempted murder charge stemmed from a shooting earlier that same year.

According to charging documents, Olmeda waited in a parked car outside the home of a York City man on March 13, 2011, and opened fire as the man drove by. That shooting resulted from an earlier altercation during which the victim confronted Olmeda after the man's sister-in-law accused Olmeda of raping her.

The man called Omeda and arranged to met him at the corner of Franklin and Market streets in York City. When the victim arrived, Olmeda was there with five other men, two of whom were armed, the documents said. The victim's wife and Olmeda got into a physical confrontation which ended with the victim pulling his wife away from the scene. As they left, Olmeda allegedly told the victim, "You better calm your wife down or you'll both be laid down."

Later, after going out to get a pack of cigarettes, the victim was returning home when Olmeda exited his car, stood in the middle of Booth Avenue and fired seven shots from a .40-caliber handgun at the victim, the documents said.

Neither the York County District Attorney's office nor Olmeda's defense attorney Kevin Hoffman responded to requests for comment.

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