A second man convicted along with three others of throwing a rock from an overpass onto Interstate 80 and critically wounding Sharon Budd two years ago is scheduled to be released from prison next week.
Brett M. Lahr, 21, could leave the State Correctional Institute at Smithfield in Huntingdon as early as Monday after completing the minimum of his 18-month to 20-year sentence for criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, according to the Pennyslvania Board of Probation and Parole.
The board cited Lahr's good behavior behind bars, including his completion of institutional programs, his stated remorse and acceptance of responsibiltiy for the the crime.
Lahr, who will remain under supervision until his 20-year sentence ends, is prohibited from having any contact with Budd, 55, or her relatives.
He was with his brother, Dylan Lahr, Tyler Porter, and Keefer McGee, on July 10, 2014 when they hurled a near 5-pound rock from the Gray Hill Road overpass near New Columbia onto Interstate 80 that crashed through Budd's car windshield and struck her in the head as she sat in the front passenger seat.
Budd, 55, of Ohio, underwent several brain and facial reconstruction surgeries during a three-month hospital stay at Geisinger Medical Center. The former school teacher lost an eye and requires constant care due to her injuries.
Her husband and caregiver, Randy Budd, 55, committed suicide in early August.
A couple of weeks later, McGee was paroled from Union County jail after serving the minimum of his 11 1/2- to 23-months sentence. Still serving their sentences are Dylan Lahr, who received a 4 1/2-year to 20-year state prison term and Porter, who got a 22-month to 10-year sentence.
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