The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

June 13, 2014

Alleged shooter admits role in burglary

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

SHENANGO VALLEY AREA — A local man facing charges in a murder case pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of burglary in an unrelated case.

Shawn E. Lee, 28, who had recent addresses in Farrell and Masury, faces a prison term of 10 to 20 years for admitting he broke into a mobile home June 22 in the 700 block of Dutch Lane, Hermitage, police said.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors withdrew charges of criminal trespassing, theft, criminal mischief, robbery and conspiracy.

Lee’s plea follows that of Coleen J. Pritts, 26, of 8135 Addison Road, Masury, who pleaded guilty April 7 to criminal trespassing, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison.

The mobile home resident reported that Lee and Pritts kicked in her front door as she slept on a couch with her 5-year-old daughter asleep on the floor, police said.

Lee and Pritts had hoodies on to try to hide their faces, but the woman recognized their voices, police said. They had recently lived with the woman for two days, police said.

Lee held the woman down and Pritts grabbed the victim’s purse from the kitchen table, police said.

The purse was found on the front porch but about $120 and a cell phone were stolen, police said.

Pritts will be sentenced June 20.

Lee is the alleged triggerman in a shooting that left Andrew T. Walko, 44, of Emerson Avenue, Farrell, dead in his driveway last May, police said.

Pritts is cooperating in the murder case against Lee.