Levine Koerner pleads guilty to aggravated assault in machete attack on other homeless man near Bethlehem. Prosecutors drop attempted homicide charge.
A homeless man who slashed another homeless man in the face with a machete in a tent city just north of Schoenersville Road was sentenced Thursday to four-and-a-half to nine years in a state prison, according to published reports. Levine H. Koerner, 58, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the Nov. 19 attack on 42-year-old Richard Heilman, according to The Morning Call. Northampton County prosecutors dropped a charged of attempted homicide because neither the victim nor a witness, who also was homeless, could be located by police for a January preliminary hearing, the newspaper reported. When authorities arrived at the scene of the attack, Heilman was “bleeding profusely from a large gaping wound to the right side of his face,” police …
Argument between two homeless men near Schoenersville Road leads to one hitting the other in the face with a machete, according to police. Attempted homicide charge filed.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Daryl Nerl
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A homeless man who most recently slept in a wooded area just north of Schoenersville Road was jailed after he allegedly struck another homeless man in the face with a machete, police said. Levine H. Koerner, 57, was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and terroristic threats following his arrest Monday night. His victim, Richard Heilman, 42, was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg for treatment. Heilman was “bleeding profusely from a large gaping wound to the right side of his face,” according to the police media report. Bethlehem police were initially called to the scene, just south and north of the 1400 block of Schoenersville Road, but the alleged attack occurred just beyond the municipal …