Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae announces the following:
Larry Pulcine, 36, of Duncansville, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to an aggregate term of 50 years prison and must serve 43 years and 9 months before being eligible for parole. The sentence was handed down in Superior Court in Bridgeton by the Honorable Michael J. Silvanio, J.S.C. in connection with the October 10, 2016, murder of Ivan Scott Strayer II of Gallitzin, Pennsylvania. In June, a jury found Pulcine guilty of all four counts of the indictment, which included first degree Murder and related firearms offenses, following a three week trial.
Prior to sentencing the defendant, Judge Silvanio denied a motion for a new trial made by defense counsel. For his conviction of Murder, Pulcine was sentenced to 45 years prison which is subject to the No Early Release Act which requires that he serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for release. Judge Silvanio also sentenced the defendant to a consecutive 5 year term with 3-1/2 years of parole ineligibility for his conviction of Unlawful Possession of a Handgun Without a Permit.
The shooting death of Ivan Scott Strayer II occurred at the Wingate Hotel in Vineland. Strayer, Pulcine, and three other men were at the hotel for an extended stay completing work on utility towers in the region. Evidence at the scene showed that Strayer was shot three times by a .40 caliber handgun. The defendant’s weapon, purchased by him in Pennsylvania and discarded behind the hotel, was identified as the murder weapon. The incident was jointly investigated by the Vineland Police Department and the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office.
At sentencing the State was represented by Assistant County Prosecutors Charles J. Wettstein and Lindsey Seidel. Pulcine was represented by Joel H. Aronow, Esquire, who is an associate with the firm of Helmer, Conley, & Kasselman.
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