2 sentenced in racially-charged assault at Wood Street T station
February 17, 2016 12:24 AM
Attorney Robert Del Greco, left, and Kenneth Gault.
Christopher LaPlace, left, and Ryan Kyle.
By Andrew Goldstein / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Three of the five men charged in the May 2015 assault of a man at a Wood Street T station were sentenced to probation Tuesday after a judge accepted their plea deals, and a fourth man pleaded guilty but was not sentenced.
Ryan Kyle, 22, Kenneth Gault, 22, David Depretis, 21, and brothers Christopher and Matthew Laplace, 23 and 21, were charged with various roles in the beating of Kevin Lockett and theft of his cooler in the May 30 incident at the T station after a Kenny Chesney concert at Heinz Field. The case was racially charged: Each of the defendants is white; Mr. Lockett is black.
Mr. Gault and Mr. Depretis pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the incident. Several of their charges were amended as well: aggravated assault changed to conspiracy to commit reckless endangerment; and reckless endangerment was changed to criminal conspiracy.
They each received six months’ probation and 100 hours of community service.
Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning said that he was unhappy with the plea deals that the defense worked out with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office but felt compelled to accept them.
Mr. Kyle pleaded guilty to several charges after having some amended through a plea deal. Charges of attempted homicide and criminal conspiracy were withdrawn, and a charge of robbery with intent to inflict bodily injury was changed to conspiracy to commit robbery. Other charges remain the same, including ethnic intimidation and recklessly endangering another person.
Despite the plea agreement, Judge Manning revoked Mr. Kyle’s bond and he was taken to the Allegheny County Jail on $25,000 bond. Sentencing was scheduled for May 16.
Charges of ethnic intimidation and aggravated assault against Matthew Laplace were dismissed. He pleaded guilty to theft, reckless endangerment, and criminal conspiracy. He was sentenced to 1 year of probation and 100 hours of community service.
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