ERIE, Pa. — A prosecutor says he plans to seek a review of an appeals court decision overturning the conviction of a New York man in a Pennsylvania shooting death more than two decades ago.

Vance Haskell of Rochester was convicted in 1998 of first-degree murder in northwestern Pennsylvania’s Erie County in the December 1994 slaying of 24-year-old Darrel Cooley.

Haskell’s attorney argued before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that although a witness told jurors she got nothing for testifying, prosecutors helped her get probation in an unrelated theft case in another county.

District Attorney Jack Danieri told the Erie Times-News (http://bit.ly/2udpIoI ) that he will ask the full 3rd Circuit to reconsider the three-judge panel’s decision. He said if the decision is upheld, one option is retrying the now-48-year-old defendant.


This story has been corrected to note that the victim’s first name is spelled Darrel rather than Darrell.


Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com

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