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June 21, 2013

Carjack gunman pleads

He will do state time in 2011 chase, crash

MIDDLEBURG — A Berwick man who carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint during a police traffic stop in July 2011 is headed to state prison.

Jason L. Musselman, 26, appeared in Snyder County Court Friday on a bench warrant hearing and pleaded guilty to felony flight to avoid apprehension and vehicle theft and misdemeanor accident involving personal injury in connection with the July 10, 2011, carjacking and subsequent crash.

Sentencing was continued pending his application to the state intermediate punishment program.

Musselman was initially facing 12 felony and misdemeanor charges, including robbery of a motor vehicle, stemming from the incident that began when the car he was riding in was stopped in Point Township for an unexpired registration.

First, he gave the officer a false name and when the driver of the vehicle refused to leave the scene, Musselman, seated in the back, pointed a .25-caliber Titan handgun between the front seats and demanded the man drive off.

Both the driver and unidentified woman passenger in the front seat got out of the car and told the police officers that Musselman had a gun.

That’s when Musselman got into the driver’s seat and drove off with an unidentified woman still in the car with him.

Musselman lost control of the car a short distance away while trying to negotiate a curve on Route 11 near Tedd’s Landing and struck a northbound vehicle. The two unidentified occupants of the other vehicle were treated for minor injuries and Musselman was arrested.

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