Man Sentenced on Attempted Homicide Charge

CLEARFIELD – A man accused of attempting to kill another man will spend the next five and a half to 11 years in a state correctional institution.

Shawn R. Gillen, 22, most recently of Philipsburg, was sentenced Monday morning for several counts including criminal attempt to commit criminal homicide.

The charges were filed after Gillen took a gun to the home of his mother’s ex-boyfriend and fired at least five shots at Harry Ferguson Jr. while at his Morrisdale home.

Gillen’s attorney, Chris Pentz, informed Clearfield County President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman prior to the sentencing that Gillen’s mother and Ferguson had a history of abuse. Pentz added, “Had it been my mom, I’d be wearing orange,” signifying the mandatory uniform for inmates at the Clearfield County Jail where Gillen has been housed since shortly after the Nov. 26 incident.

In addition to the jail time, Gillen is to have no contact with Ferguson.

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