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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. WILLIAM CARL SOMERSHOE (03/13/81)

SUPREME COURT OF PENNSYLVANIA


decided: March 13, 1981.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA,
v.
WILLIAM CARL SOMERSHOE, APPELLANT

No. 80-3-677, Appeal from the Order Dated July 7, 1980, of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, at Nos. 143 and and 143-1 of 1967, Criminal Division, Granting and Allowing Appellant the Right to Appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Nunc Pro Tunc.

COUNSEL

John J. Kerrigan, Jr., Doylestown, Greg B. Emmons, Newtown, for appellant.

Stephen B. Harris, Asst. Dist. Atty., for appellee.

O'Brien, C. J., and Roberts, Nix, Larsen, Flaherty and Kauffman, JJ.

Author: Larsen

[ 493 Pa. Page 334]

OPINION OF THE COURT

Appellant was found guilty of burglary, larceny, receiving stolen goods, possessing burglary tools, and conspiracy. He was sentenced to four to fifteen years imprisonment. The Superior Court affirmed appellant's judgment of sentence, and we granted allowance of appeal. Appellant claims that a co-defendant's self-incriminating statement which exculpates appellant should have been admitted at trial as a declaration against penal interest.

After reviewing the record, we find this claim to be without merit. Consequently, the judgment of sentence is affirmed.

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