Manchester Twp. man gets 6-12 years in prison for drive-by shooting
- A Manchester Township man was sentenced to 6-12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to charges related to a drive-by shooting.
- Charlie Brown, 60, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm.
A Manchester Township man was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a drive-by shooting last year, according to online court records.
York City Police said 60-year-old Charles Lindbergh Brown and his 24-year-old daughter, Amber Nicholle Penn, both of 2525 Pampas Drive, were behind a March 24, 2016 drive-by shooting in York City that left a woman with a gunshot wound to her torso.
The two were charged with attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and criminal mischief. Brown also was charged with being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm.
Pleading guilty: On Thursday, Brown pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm, court records state. His charges of attempted first-degree murder and criminal mischief and his other charge of aggravated assault were dismissed.
Judge Maria Musti Cook sentenced Brown to six to 12 years in prison for his aggravated assault charge and five to 10 years in prison for his illegal possession of a firearm charge.
The sentences will be served concurrently, court records state.
Reached Thursday afternoon, Brown's attorney declined comment.
Background: Penn was corresponding on Facebook Messenger with Kelsey Pifer shortly before 2 a.m. that day, accusing Pifer of breaking out the back window of Penn's Toyota Camry, according to charging documents.
At some point they spoke over the phone as well. Pifer told officers that during the conversation she heard a man who identified himself as Charlie Brown screaming in the background at her for "messing with his daughter," documents state.
Pifer told Penn she hadn't vandalized Penn's car, at which point Penn commented "that Pifer has a pretty truck" and hung up, according to police.
Suspecting Penn might try to vandalize her truck — which was parked to the rear of the 100 block of Richland Avenue — Pifer went outside to move it, documents state. That's when she spotted a slow-moving blue Toyota Camry pulling up near her truck with Penn in the passenger seat and Brown driving, police allege.
Pifer yelled at them not to touch her car, and Brown responded by calling her a b—, documents state.
He then fired four or five gunshots toward Pifer, hitting her in the torso, police said. One of the bullets went through the passenger window of her truck, shattering the window and hitting the dashboard, documents state.
Pifer survived but was seriously hurt, according to documents.
Penn is still expected to go to trial on her charges, court records state. Her trial is scheduled for October, according to online court records.
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