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PA: 2 charged with first-degree homicide in 'hunting accident'

Friday, January 09, 2009

A woman already charged with conspiring with her brother to have her estranged husband shot in a "hunting accident" near the Allegheny National Forest has been charged with first-degree homicide along with an alleged getaway driver.

Susan Yeager, 33, of Tionesta, and the driver, Robert A. Pessia, 26, of Warren, already were charged with conspiracy in connection with the death of Shawn Yeager, 39, on Dec. 5 at Mr. Yeager's house in Limestone just outside the national forest.

The accused triggerman, Ms. Yeager's brother, Cory Altman, 28, remains jailed on a homicide charge after state troopers said he shot Mr. Yeager at his sister's behest.

Ms. Yeager and Mr. Pessia were arraigned on the new charges Wednesday and jailed without bond.

After Mr. Altman shot Mr. Yeager in the back with a hunting rifle, according to state troopers, he joked with Mr. Pessia that he'd "got his buck for the year."

Mr. Yeager's two sons, ages 12 and 15, found his body on the porch when they came home from school.

Troopers said Ms. Yeager had been telling people for three years that she wanted Mr. Yeager dead.

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