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Teen pleads in Coalport shooting, riot case

Smith one of nine charged in 2019 incident that saw town locked down

CLEARFIELD — One of the teens involved in a shooting and riot incident in Coalport in June 2019 pleaded guilty Monday during plea and sentencing court in Clearfield County.

Police say three men, Charles Smith, now 20; Cole Brown, now 19; and Jasiah Williams, now 19; along with five juveniles, traveled from Indiana, Pa., to Coalport to engage in a fight with a resident there.

They encountered him with another group of individuals near 531 Main St.

Two juveniles in the defendants’ group had ball bats that were used during the altercation. Two other known juveniles reportedly had handguns that were discharged.

Video taken from the Coalport Alliance Church was used to identify the individuals involved, according to authorities.

The borough was locked down, with people asked to stay in their homes because an active shooter was in the area, and rumors persisted on Facebook that the activity was gang related.

In all, nine people were charged in the case — six of them juveniles.

On Monday, Smith pleaded guilty to felony riot-plan/use firearm/weapon and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman sentenced him to 30 days to one year in the county jail with two years of consecutive probation, according to a court employee.

The cases against Brown and Williams are still pending. The identities of the juveniles have been concealed by law.

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