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May 14, 2014

Teen faces trial for alleged assault on pregnant woman

SELINSGROVE — A 19-year-old Hummels Wharf man accused of attacking his pregnant girlfriend Tuesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing on aggravated assault and endangerment charges. He next faces action in Snyder County Court.

The defendant, Michael Allen Lepley II, has been held in the county jail in lieu of $200,000 bail since shortly after the alleged March 31 attack on the 17-year-old woman, who was four months’ pregnant with his child.

State police at Selinsgrove said Lepley grabbed the woman by her hair, choked her and punched her in the stomach after they argued over text messages he had received from another girl.

Lepley is charged with felony aggravated assault of an unborn child, misdemeanor assault and recklessly endangering another person.

It’s not his first brush with the law.

In March 2011, Lepley was at the center of the fatal stabbing of Alan A. Martin in a Selinsgrove apartment by Seth M. Hornberger, of Mifflinburg

At trial, Hornberger testified that he stabbed Martin in the head to stop him from harming Lepley, who was 16, during an argument. Hornberger was found guilty of third-degree murder, but the conviction was overturned and Hornberger in January pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and received a prison sentence of three to six years.

In early 2013, Lepley pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats on social media to bomb the Five Star Treatment School he was attending in Sunbury.

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