Larry Pulcine, 36, of Duncansville, Pennsylvania, was found guilty of the October 10, 2016, murder of Ivan Scott Strayer II, Gallitzin, Pennsylvania. A Cumberland County jury returned the verdict Wednesday morning after deliberating a little more than two and a half hours. Deliberations began late Tuesday afternoon after closing arguments. The jury found Pulcine guilty of first degree Murder and related weapons offenses following a three week trial before the Honorable Michael J. Silvanio, J.S.C. The murder occurred at the Wingate Hotel on Landis Avenue in Vineland. Strayer suffered several gunshot wounds which were determined to be fired from a .40 caliber handgun owned by the defendant. The gun, along with other evidence, was later found in a wooded area behind the hotel where Pulcine fled after Strayer’s roommate discovered his body. Pulcine, Strayer, and three other employees of Osmose Utilities were staying at the Wingate as part of a construction crew working on high voltage towers in the area. The investigation was conducted by members of the Vineland Police Department with assistance from the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.
As a result of the verdict, the defendant is facing a sentence between 30 years (must serve a mandatory minimum of 30 years of parole ineligibility per the No Early Release Act) and life.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant County Prosecutors Charles J. Wettstein and Lindsey Seidel. The defendant was represented by Joel H. Aronow from the law firm of Helmer, Conley, & Kasselman. Sentencing is scheduled for August 2, 2019 before Judge Silvanio.
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