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Man gets 50 years in shooting death of sleeping co-worker

August 3, 2019

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 50 years in the shooting death of a sleeping co-worker in a New Jersey hotel room almost three years ago.

Cumberland County prosecutors say 36-year-old Larry Pulcine Jr. of Duncansville must serve 85 percent of the 45-year murder sentence and at least 3½ years of the consecutive five-year firearms term.

Prosecutors said he shot 33-year-old Ivan “Scott” Strayer at the Wingate Inn in Vineland, where the two were staying for work, in October 2016.

The (Altoona) Mirror reports that Pulcine expressed sympathy for the Strayer family but maintained his innocence and vowed to appeal. Defense attorney Joel Aronow accused police of not pursuing other suspects.

Pulcine will be credited for nearly three years he has spent behind bars since his October 2016 arrest.

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