Jury To Decide Whether Man Transferred Rifle In Deputy’s Death

EASTON (AP) – A jury must decide whether a man transferred an assault rifle to a man who used it to kill a Berks County sheriff’s deputy. Closing arguments were delivered in Northampton County Court in the case of 28-year-old Jared Engleman of Kutztown. He is charged with having transferred the AK-47-style weapon to 25-year-old Matthew Connor, a convicted felon with mental health issues. Connor later killed 28-year-old deputy sheriff Kyle Pagerly and was killed himself in a 2011 gun battle with authorities. Engleman testified that he sold the rifle to Connor’s father, Maurice, who pleaded no contest to illegally providing a handgun to his son. Maurice Connor took the stand and denied having met Engleman, but declined to answer further questions.

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