Man pleads responsible in lethal Moore Twp. capturing

MOORE TWP., Pa. – A 75-year-old man has pleaded responsible to capturing and killing one other man within the Lehigh Valley after a dispute over water drainage on their properties.

Joseph Harvilla pleaded responsible Wednesday to first-degree homicide within the capturing demise of Christopher Debellis on March 15, 2021, in accordance with a information launch from the Northampton County District Legal professional’s Workplace.

Harvilla was instantly sentenced by Decide Anthony Beltrami to a compulsory sentence of life in jail with out the potential of parole, the DA’s workplace stated.

On March 15, 2021, shortly after 10:30 a.m., police responded to the 1100 block of Moser Highway in Moore Township, for the report of a capturing. Upon arrival, police situated Harvilla mendacity exterior on the bottom with a gunshot wound. Harvilla advised police he shot himself, and he shot his neighbor throughout the road, recognized as 42-year-old Christopher Debellis.

Police found Debellis deceased in an exterior doorway of his residence, with a number of gunshot wounds, in accordance with the information launch. Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek dominated Debellis’ demise a murder, and the reason for demise to be a number of gunshot wounds.

On scene, police interviewed the sufferer’s son, who stated there had been an ongoing verbal dispute between Harvilla and his father over water drainage on their properties, the DA’s workplace stated.

The DA’s workplace says police then found automotive keys in Harvilla’s coat pocket that belonged to a close-by automotive, and located a .308 rifle with a discharged .308 cartridge case in its chamber, situated contained in the trunk of the automobile.

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When interviewed by police whereas at St. Luke’s Hospital – Bethlehem, Harvilla confessed he shot Debellis with a .308 rifle, the DA’s workplace stated.