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Final co-defendant gets probation in York City shooting of 12-year-old boy

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A former North York man has avoided prison for his part in the nonfatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy in 2018.

Stephen Gerhardt, 21, now of Honesdale, Wayne County, appeared in York County Court on Nov. 23 and pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault, according to court records.

In exchange for his plea, charges including attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy and tampering with evidence were dropped, records state.

He was sentenced to five years of probation, according to court records.

Cases severed: Gerhardt's case was severed from the cases of co-defendants Eric "Lethal" Bones Jr. and Jah'Zion "NBA" Smallwood because Gerhardt was a cooperating witness, the York County District Attorney's Office has said.

Stephen Gerhardt

Bones, 20, of York City, was sentenced June 5 to 11½ to 23 months in York County Prison, plus five years of probation.

Smallwood, also 20 and of York City, was sentenced Feb. 28 to 16 to 32 months in state prison, plus a year of probation.

Bones and Smallwood pleaded no contest to second-degree felony aggravated assault in January, court records state.

In exchange for their pleas, other charges — including attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit that offense — were dismissed, according to court records.

The background: York City Police have said a 12-year-old boy was shot in the 100 block of Stevens Avenue about 10:15 p.m. Sept. 9, 2018.

Eric Bones

A bullet struck him in his right armpit as he was walking to a corner store with his mother, police said.

The boy was taken to York Hospital, then transferred to Hershey Medical Center. Eventually he was released to recover at home, police have said.

Gerhardt told investigators he had picked up Smallwood, Bones and another person that day and drove them to Parkway Boulevard to find someone who owed them money, officials have said.

Smallwood sat in the front passenger seat and Bones sat in the rear passenger seat, court documents state. 

Gerhardt drove them around for about 15 minutes until they saw the person walking on Hamilton Avenue, police said. Police said Smallwood and Bones fired between 15 and 20 bullets at the person but missed him.

Instead, they shot the boy, according to police.

Jah'Zion Smallwood

Gerhardt shot: Three days later, Gerhardt also was shot, according to police, who said it happened in the first block of Dewey Street in West York.

West York Police said Gerhardt, Smallwood and "E.B." went to the block to buy drugs on Sept. 12, 2018.

Gerhardt told investigators someone fired at them as they came around a corner, prompting "E.B." to return fire, according to police.

Gerhardt was struck in the torso and through the arm, police said.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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