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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. WILLIAM JEFFREY PYLE (07/07/75)

decided: July 7, 1975.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
WILLIAM JEFFREY PYLE, APPELLANT



COUNSEL

Michael B. Kean, West Chester, for appellant.

Robert S. Gawthrop, III, Asst. Dist. Atty., West Chester, for appellee.

Jones, C. J., and Eagen, O'Brien, Roberts, Pomeroy, Nix and Manderino, JJ. Eagen, J., concurs in the result.

Author: Jones

[ 462 Pa. Page 616]

OPINION OF THE COURT

Appellant, William Jeffrey Pyle, seventeen years of age, was arrested for the shooting death of his father, William M. Pyle, on July 25, 1973. Following his arrest on the charge of criminal homicide, appellant petitioned the Chester County Common Pleas Court to transfer the matter to Juvenile Court for further action pursuant to the provisions of the Juvenile Act, Act of December 6, 1972, P.L. 1464, No. 333, § 7, 11 P.S. § 50-303 (Supp.1974-75). Thereafter, on August 15, 1973, a rule was entered upon the Chester County District Attorney, to show cause why the charge should not be transferred. At that time the Commonwealth announced the filing of a juvenile charge of theft against appellant*fn1 and petitioned the court to transfer this latter charge for adult criminal prosecution, pursuant to the Juvenile Act, id. § 28, 11 P.S. § 50-325. After a full counseled hearing, the lower court discharged the rule and granted the Commonwealth's application for transfer.*fn2 Thereafter, proceeding in the Criminal Division of the Common Pleas Court, appellant pled guilty to both charges. Appellant's degree of guilt was subsequently fixed at murder in the second degree and following the gathering and review of

[ 462 Pa. Page 617]

    comprehensive pre-sentencing reports, appellant was sentenced to pay a fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00) and to serve a term of not less than six (6) nor more than sixteen (16) years at an institution to be designated by state authorities. On the related charge of theft, he was sentenced to pay a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00).*fn3

In this appeal, appellant argues that the lower court erred in determining that there were reasonable grounds to believe he was not amenable to treatment, supervision or rehabilitation within the juvenile court system. (See Juvenile Act, id. § 28, 11 P.S. § 50-325(a)(4)(i)). Accordingly, he contends that disposition of his case should have been made in the Juvenile Court.*fn4 We disagree.

This is the first case to be appealed to this Court involving the new criminal transfer section, Section 7, of the Juvenile Act. This section provides:

"§ 50-303. Criminal proceedings; transfer

If it appears to the court in a criminal proceeding other than murder, that the ...


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