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Charges against man who allegedly tried to have employee killed are withdrawn

By: WJAC Web Staff

EBENSBURG, Pa. -- The Cambria County District Attorneys Office said Thursday that charges against a man who allegedly tried to have an employee injured or killed have been dropped.

Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan said charges of solicitation to commit murder that were filed against Shane Krestar, 26, of Fallentimber, were dropped due to lack of evidence.

State police alleged that Krestar tried to hire his uncle, James Hoopsick, 53, of Flinton, to kill one of Krestars employees because the employee was gay and allegedly demanded a promotion.

Callihan said after reviewing the evidence and interviewing witnesses in preparation for a preliminary hearing, her office decided the evidence was insufficient to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Callihan said the credibility of the initial reports filed was in question and her office was unable to find independent evidence to substantiate the allegations. Additionally, the victim made it clear she did not want to pursue any charges. The victim, who is openly gay, has not been named.

Police arrested Krestar in October and charged him with terroristic threats and solicitation to commit homicide and solicitation to commit aggravated assault.

Krestar is owner of Key Life Human Service in Coalport, Clearfield County, a business that serves mentally challenged clients.

Original court documents stated the employee demanded a raise and a promotion and if she didnt get her way, she was going to play the gay card.

Police said Krestar tried to solicit help from Hoopsick to get rid of her, and that Krestar met with his uncle on four occasions, asking him to tamper with her car.

Police said that when Krestar kept asking about the situation, Hoopsick told police about what had transpired.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times