Man Facing Decades In Prison For Attempting To Kill Homicide Witnesses

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Sheraden man is facing decades in prison for attempting to kill three people who witnessed a homicide.

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s office says 25-year-old Charles Nevels is facing 66 and a half to 133 years in prison for multiple charges, including attempted homicide and arson.

According to court documents, Nevels set fire to a Troy Hill home in June 2015 after the occupants provided information to law enforcement about a homicide. Their information led to the arrest of Nevels’ cousin Theodore Smedley.

theodore smedley Man Facing Decades In Prison For Attempting To Kill Homicide Witnesses

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The three occupants were forced to jump from the second floor of the home to escape the fire. One victim suffered two fractured ankles and later had a stroke.

Court documents say that Smedley spoke on the phone with his brother and Nevels from jail and alluded to planning retaliation against the witnesses. Smedley also referenced a letter he sent to Nevels from jail.

Nevels was convicted in the arson in May of this year.

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