The previous nationwide chief of the Pagans bike membership can have an extra interval of freedom earlier than he should report back to the Westmoreland County Jail to serve out the remaining months of his sentence on prior drug offenses.
Dennis “Rooster” Katona, 54, of Hempfield was anticipated to show himself in at jail on Friday to renew serving his 40- to 80-month sentence, however a court docket order signed Wednesday by Decide Tim Krieger pushed again the report date to July 2.
When Katona ultimately stories to the jail, he’ll — a minimum of for a short while — be held in the identical facility as the person police contend shot up his house earlier this month as a part of a criminal offense spree during which two folks had been killed in Penn Township.
Victor Steban, 53, of North Huntingdon is being held on the jail with out bond on fees he shot and killed Jacob Erdeljac, 41, and Mara Casale, 27, on Might 16. Police additionally charged Steban in reference to capturing at Katona’s house and two different residences, arson of his own residence, the theft of a truck and weapons offenses — all with in hours of the deadly shootings.
Previous to a court docket look final week, Steban informed reporters the motivation for his crime spree was “all about getting Rooster.”
“He received’t keep there lengthy,” Deputy Legal professional Normal Mark Serge mentioned of Katona’s anticipated keep on the county jail. “He’ll be transferred to a state jail. However, if he needs to be there (on the county lockup) longer, I’m positive they’ve techniques in place to accommodate difficulties between inmates.”
Jail Warden Bryan Kline mentioned precautions shall be put in place to maintain Katona and Steban aside.
Based on court docket data, Katona should serve about 5 1/2 months in jail earlier than he’s eligible for parole.
Protection lawyer Paul Boas in court docket paperwork filed earlier this week mentioned Katona is ill and suffers from “morbid weight problems, leukemia, diabetes and coronary artery illness.” He wrote that Katona underwent a cardiac catheterization process Might 21 and is scheduled to fulfill with a surgeon Friday to schedule open coronary heart surgical procedure.
The choose ordered Boas to submit written verification that Katona had surgical procedure and supply further documentation of his prognosis and restoration time by June 4.
Katona was convicted of two counts of possession with intent to ship and two counts of possession of a managed substance after a police raided his house in July 2011 and located 84 grams of cocaine and almost 100 grams of methamphetamine — with a mixed road worth of $20,000 — and $4,000 money.
Katona initially was launched from jail on an unsecured bond in December 2016 after his conviction was overturned by a three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Courtroom. In 2018, the Superior Courtroom reversed its ruling and reinstated Katona’s conviction.
The state’s Supreme Courtroom upheld the conviction in October.