Guilty Plea

Published 12/18 2013 06:22PM

Updated 12/18 2013 06:56PM

A  Cambria County man says it was self defense when he beat another man to death with a baseball bat.

Gregory Conzo, 51, was accused of beating Michael Pcola of Beaverdale with a baseball bat.
Pcola later died from the injuries he sustained. Conzo pleaded guilty today to third degree murder, just weeks before his murder trial was set to start.
For years he said he was not guilty.

Conzo’s public defender Kenneth Sottile said, "He over reacted when he swung the bat."

It happened back in November 2012 at a home in Summerhill Township, Cambria County.  Pcola died two days later from blunt force trauma to the head.  After a lot of back and forth the prosecution offered a deal that Conzo finally agreed to.

Assistant District Attorney Forest Fordham said, "When gearing up for trial (during) discussion between prosecution and defense a plea was able to be agreed to."

Pcola was Conzo's girlfriend’s son. He says they were drinking and didn't mean to hit him in the head. Both the prosecution and defense feel the plea to third degree murder was acceptable.

Forrest said, "We looked at the evidence in the case preparing for trial and the evidence fit third degree murder."

Sottile said, “"It’s a shame. (It) turned everyone's life upside down."
Conzo will be sentenced in and could face anywhere from 10-20 years in jail.

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