Dickey: Charges to be dropped

FALLENTIMBER – A man accused of trying to hire his uncle to harm a gay employee will have all charges against him dismissed today, according to his attorney, Thomas M. Dickey.

State police at Ebensburg alleged in a criminal complaint that Shane Ryan Krestar, 26, of Fallentimber approached his uncle, James Paul Hoopsick, 53, of Flinton in late September or early October and asked him to injure or kill an employee.

Krestar owns Key Life Human Services along Main Street in Coalport, a business that provides residential services for mentally challenged clients.

Police said Krestar told Hoopsick a gay female employee “demanded a raise and a promotion to supervisor” and threatened to “play the gay card” if she didn’t get it.

Hoopsick said Krestar asked: “What would it take for you to tamper with her car? We have to get rid of her,” and that Krestar approached him three more times to “get this thing going,” and later offered money for the job.

Police arrested Krestar on Oct. 18 and charged him with two counts each of solicitation for homicide, solicitation of aggravated assault and making terroristic threats.

Dickey said the Cambria County District Attorney’s office is expected to announce they are dropping the charges against Krestar this morning.

He said the case was unusual because he agreed to share information with police and prosecutors so as to aid in an investigation to end the “nightmare” for his client. It’s rare to see such cooperation from both sides, Dickey said.

He was unsure whether additional charges will be filed against Hoopsick for his role in reporting the alleged threats.

Barely two weeks after Krestar’s arrest, Hoopsick himself was arrested on Nov. 2 for threatening Krestar’s brother, Shawn Krestar, with a gun at a Patton Borough Sheetz.

He was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and making terroristic threats.

A preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Michael Zungali is scheduled for Jan. 21.