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City man gets prison time; ordered to pay restitution

Kagarise jailed for incident at UPMC Altoona

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man sentenced to Blair County Prison must also pay $2,150 for a kiosk he broke in May.

The restitution directive was included in a sentencing order handed down Friday to Kyle B. Kagarise, 35, to address several criminal offenses, including disorderly conduct, a conviction rendered at the end of an October jury trial based on a fight at UPMC Altoona.

Kagarise’s sentence, with one- to five-years’ incarceration, also addressed unrelated offenses of endangering the welfare of a child, possession with intent to deliver and possession of prison contraband.

President Judge Elizabeth A. Doyle told Kagarise that because he has been incarcerated for about 18 months, he is eligible for release from the county prison on the imposed sentence. Kagarise, however, will remain incarcerated because of an aggravated assault charge filed in 2019 by Hollidaysburg police, who said he joined in the assault of a fellow inmate. Bail in that case is currently set at $75,000 cash.

During Kagarise’s October trial, the jury heard UPMC Altoona emergency room staffers describe an April 5, 2019, fight that developed around Kagarise as he was attempting to leave the facility. The jury acquitted him on charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Court documents indicate that Kagarise has been in the county prison since June 27, 2019, when Altoona police arrested him on felony child endangerment charges. He allegedly left three children, ages 1, 3 and 4, alone in an apartment so he could go to a doctor’s appointment. A week later, Altoona police accused him of felony drug charges, based on an alleged Suboxone sale on June 6, 2019, to a confidential informant.

Hollidaysburg police charged Kagarise with criminal mischief, based on the May 18, 2020, damage to the prison kiosk. Hollidaysburg police also filed the contraband charge against Kagarise, based on an unspecified possession reported June 4, 2020.

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