07-28-2012, 05:03 PM #1
PA - Three people shot to death in custody dispute, Quincy, 27 July 2012
UINCY, Pa. (AP) – A man in south-central Pennsylvania confronting his wife about custody arrangements for their daughter shot to death three people, then fled with the 4-year-old girl before the two were found about 250 miles away in Ohio, authorities said Saturday...........
An Amber Alert was issued Friday night but was canceled hours later after the pair were found in Austintown in northeastern Ohio, outside Youngstown...........
Reed would not give other information about the deaths, including the names of the victims and their relationship to Cleeves, but said more details would be released later Saturday. Court records did not list an attorney for Cleeves.
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07-30-2012, 03:55 PM #2
Police: Man charged in 3 slayings says he erred
QUINCY, Pa. (AP) — Hours after authorities began investigating the shooting deaths of three people in a central Pennsylvania home, the man later charged in the case admitted to state police that he'd "messed up."........
Cleeves was charged with three counts of criminal homicide in the deaths of 25-year-old Brandi Cleeves, 28-year-old Vincent Santucci and 55-year-old Rosemary Holma and was awaiting an extradition hearing Monday. Court records listed no attorney for him.
Detectives in Ohio declined to say where his daughter, Leia, was on Sunday........
Santucci's father, Vincent L. Santucci Sr., told The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., that that his son, a chef, had only known Brandi Cleeves for little more than a month but they had a positive energy between them.
"He was a kind person, loving son and brother," he said.
Santucci Sr. said his former wife was a wonderful mother who had put herself through nursing school and found her calling as a nurse.
"We think she died running to help her son," he said.
More at link.....with a pic of the 3 time (admitted) murderer who 'erred'...
07-31-2012, 07:52 PM #3
Dad says Pa. shooting victim had been threatened
..............Vince Santucci said that he encouraged his son Vince Santucci Jr., who was known as Luke, to contact police and that another victim, the suspect's estranged wife, Brandi Cleeves, also received threatening texts.
"When a citizen, when a human being, when a taxpayer goes to the state police with that kind of information, I would expect something more than, `There's nothing we can do,'" said Santucci, who was making funeral arrangements Monday as authorities performed autopsies on the victims, who included Luke's mother, Linda Holma...........
Police said Cleeves told them he shot Santucci in his car and when his estranged wife jumped out he shot her, too. Police said Cleeves told them Santucci's mother ran toward him and he shot her.
"Cleeves related that what he did was wrong," Trooper Aaron Martin wrote.............
"I think a part of Luke's kindness and wanting to help came from his mother," Vince Santucci said. "It's so hard to realize that she died coming to help and save her son."
He said Brandi Cleeves had recently shaved her head in solidarity with her mother, who has been fighting cancer.
"Brandi's gone now. She's not going to be there for her mother. She's not going to be there for her younger half-sister. She's not going to be there for her daughter," Vince Santucci said. "A lot of lives, screwed up by this idiot."...........
Heintzelman [employer] said Cleeves' mother picked up his belongings on Monday and the company set up a scholarship for the couple's daughter. He described Cleeves as "a nice guy" with nothing to suggest he would be capable of the horrific crimes he's charged with committing.
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11-20-2015, 10:36 AM #4
From May 2013:
A Waynesboro, Pa., man pleaded guilty Friday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to three counts of first-degree murder in the 2012 shootings of his estranged wife, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s mother, and was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parole...
Along with the three life sentences, the terms of the plea agreement call for Cleeves to have no contact with his daughter or the other victims’ family members, Fogal told the court. Contact can only be initiated by [his daughter], at her discretion, once she is an adult, Meyers said during sentencing.
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