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3 to stand trial on gun charges linked to deputy's killing

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 12 2011 01:41:05 PM CDT

The three people accused of providing guns to a convicted felon who shot and killed a sheriff's deputy will stand trial.

HAMBURG, Pa. -

Three people arrested following the deadly shooting of a Berks County sheriff's deputy were ordered Monday to stand trial on gun charges.

One of the defendants who appeared before a judge on Monday, Maurice Connor, is a retired police officer and the father of Kyle Pagerly's accused killer, Matthew Connor.

Matthew Connor was also killed in the shootout in Albany Township on June 29.

The other two defendants facing trial are Jared Engelman and Sandra Keim, the latter of whom waived her right to a preliminary hearing on Monday.

Connor and Engelman were charged with numerous weapons violations in connection with the guns Matthew Connor was armed with during the exchange of gunfire with Pagerly, state police said.

Those guns included an AK-47, which was the gun police said Connor used to kill Pagerly while authorities attempted to serve him with a warrant.

According to court documents, Engelman said he bought the AK-47 at a store in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, in 2004, but later sold it to Maurice Connor. The elder Connor, however, told police earlier this month that it was his son who actually bought the gun from Engelman.

Police said Connor told them he also gave his son a .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol, which was found in Matthew Connor's pocket after he was killed.

Matthew Connor was not legally allowed to own or possess any firearms because of numerous run-ins he had with the law since 2000, police said.

The investigation also revealed that Sandra Keim, the mother of a friend of Matthew Connor, bought him three handguns, two in 2004 and one in 2005, according to court documents. None was used in the killing of Pagerly, police said.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted of all the charges.