The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 3, 2014

Sunbury man faces attempted homicide charge

SUNBURY — A felon from New Jersey told by his girlfriend that she wanted to end their relationship fired a gunshot toward her as she sat on the bed in their apartment early Thursday, city police said.

Aaron Brannon, 28, of 129 Chestnut St., was arrested and appeared before Sunbury District Judge Ben Apfelbaum at noon on charges of attempted criminal homicide.

Sunbury police say Brannon, originally of New Jersey, shot toward the female, also of 129 Chestnut St., and that Brannon attempted to kill her.

“I meant to kill myself, not her,” Brannon told Apfelbaum. “Anyone that knows me knows I am a good citizen.”

That was after Brannon admitted to Apfelbaum he had prior felony charges of aggravated assault and robbery in New Jersey. He pleaded guilty to those charges.

According to police, Brannon became agitated after the woman told him she was breaking up with him around 1 a.m.

An argument ensued, and Brannon asked the woman when she was moving out of the apartment, police said.

The woman told Brannon her name was on the lease and she was not leaving, police said.

Brannon removed a black handgun from his pants and said, “You think I’m playing,” police said.

The woman told police Brannon cocked, raised and fired the gun in her direction while she was sitting on a bed, authorities said.

The woman told police she saw the flash from the gun and smelled its powder, court documents said.

Brannon picked up the bullet casing and walked out of the bedroom, police said. He returned, and again asked the woman when she was leaving. She said she didn’t have anywhere to go and asked what would happen if she didn’t leave, court documents said.

Replied Brannon: “You will find out if you are still here when I get back,” police said.

Brannon left the apartment and the woman went to Sunbury police, telling officers she feared for her life, authorities said.

Officers said they arrived at the apartment and found a bullet hole in the bedroom window glass on the east side of the residence.

Where would you live if you were able to make bail? Apfelbaum asked Brannon.

Answered Brannon: 129 Chestnut St. “That’s my apartment.”

“Not anymore,” Apfelbaum said. “I’m kicking you out.”

Apfelbaum then asked Brannon the bail amount from his charges in New Jersey: “$10,000 for both charges.”

Apfelbaum looked at Brannon and said, “They must do things in New Jersey much different than we do here.”

The judge then set bail at $250,000 secured.

Brannon sat, looked over copies of his criminal complaint, covered his face  several times, put his head on the table and sighed.

Brannon was afforded a phone call after his hearing and informed the person he was speaking with that he will “not be going anywhere for a long, long time.”

Brannon was speaking with officers and Apfelbaum after the hearing and asked about the maximum amount of years he is facing.

“This says 50 years. Wow,” he said.

Brannon is charged with attempted criminal homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, former convict not to own a firearm, terroristic threats, possessing instruments of crime, prohibited offensive weapons and recklessly endangering another person.

Arresting officer Steve Bennick, in the midst of a 16-hour shift, was assisted by officer Travis Bremigen and Sgt. Chris Blase.

Brannon will be back in court Jan. 14.


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