Involuntary Manslaughter Plea Entered in Spring Creek Homicide Case

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WARREN, Pa. – A Spring Creek Township man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for an incident that occurred in April.

Haggar S. Brewer, 57, 24110 Cold Spring Road, was facing multiple felony charges, including criminal homicide, third-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter. Brewer entered the guilty plea for involuntary manslaughter, a first-degree misdemeanor, before President Judge Maureen Skerda Thursday, according to online court records.

The charges were filed in connection with the April shooting death of 57-year-old Victor V. Vantassell III.

Brewer’s and Vantassel’s residences were located next to each other on Cold Spring Rd. in Spring Creek Township. An argument between the two turned physical and ended with Brewer firing a single shot into Vantassell’s abdomen.

During a preliminary hearing in May, a Pennsylvania State Police investigator testified that Brewer called 911 and said, “Someone attacked me in the yard and I shot them.”

Along with the guilty plea, the charges of criminal homicide, third-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter were withdrawn.

Brewer remains in the Warren County Jail awaiting sentencing. First-degree misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison.