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Huntingdon man’s sentence upheld

Shaver accused of continued relationships with underage girls

A state prison sentence imposed on a Huntingdon County man accused of a relationship with a minor has been upheld by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Ricky Lee Shaver Jr., 22, was sentenced to a term of 30 to 60 months behind bars on June 13, 2019, after he continued to have romantic relationships with underage girls.

Shaver was first charged with corruption of a minor and furnishing alcohol to a minor in 2017.

In March 2018, he entered no-contest pleas to the charges and was sentenced to six to 12 months of incarceration to be followed by six years of probation.

He was paroled on June 13, 2018, but the county parole and probation department sought revocation of his parole in September of that year because he’d had a relationship with a young teen.

He was once again incarcerated and then released on probation at the conclusion of his prison sentence.

In February 2019, while on probation, he again began a relationship with a minor, and in June 2019, Huntingdon County President Judge George N. Zanic imposed a sentence of 30 to 60 months, which Shaver is now serving at the State Correctional Institution at Smithfield in Huntingdon County.

Shaver, through his attorney Christopher B. Wencker, appealed the sentence, contending initially that it was excessive because the judge did not take into consideration several mitigating factors — that Shaver took responsibility and expressed remorse

for his actions.

The defense also stated that the judge did not consider Shaver’s rehabilitative needs.

A Superior Court panel, which included judges Jack A. Panella, John T. Bender and Kate Ford Elliott, upheld the dismissal of the petition for appeal after reviewing the Huntingdon judge’s opinion in the matter

Zanic concluded that Shaver had not accepted responsibility for his actions and “fails to grasp the wrongfulness and harm they have caused.”

“In short,” the judge stated, “despite having been convicted of a third-degree felony for engaging in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, (Shaver) continues to pursue romantic relationships with underage girls, and sees nothing wrong with it.”

The Superior Court ruled that the judge had the benefit of two pre-sentence reports and it “presumed” the judge was aware of Shaver’s character and the stated mitigating factors when imposing sentence.

The appeals court pointed out that Shaver, in his appeal, raised another issue in which he stated he believed the judge imposed a harsh sentence on him due to “imprudent statements” he made during sentencing.

This was a new reason for the judge’s “excessive” sentence, which had not been raised previously, and therefore, the Superior Court stated that it was waived.

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