4 Men Sentenced in Connection With 1985 Latrobe Riot

Mr. Chansley, who had pleaded guilty to riot and possessing offensive weapons, was sentenced to 41 months in jail.

Four men convicted of participating in the 1985 Latrobe riots in January have been sentenced.

Robert C. Simmons, 41, of Latrobe was sentenced to 10 to 20 years. Joseph F. Senerchia, 55, of Latrobe was sentenced to 10 to 20 years. Ernest S. King, 50, of Latrobe was sentenced to 30 to 60 months. Incidents also led to sentencing last week for Robert L. Maguire and Robert K. Gomagea.

Mr. Simmons, Mr. Senerchia, Mr. King and Mr. Maguire were charged with plotting to commit a civil rights violation, resulting in a riot, in the presence of Mr. Chansley. They were found guilty by jury after trial in May.

The three men were convicted along with 27 others for joining in the fight, some of them carrying sticks and clubs. More than 100 people were injured, mostly by police. Twelve people were convicted of rioting and ordered to serve between five and 20 years.

Mr. King, Mr. Simmons and Mr. Senerchia are well known in Latrobe. Mr. King has been a fixture of the area’s economy, said Leona Sonco, a retired retired phone company worker.

“He was living on the street before I retired,” said Ms. Sonco, who recalled that Mr. King would drive his car down her block and ask the neighbors for alms. He also used to give rides for free to anyone, she said.

“He probably can’t come to court now,” Ms. Sonco said.

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