WILKES-BARRE – The Luzerne County man accused of shooting and killing a friend during a fight over a snow thrower pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in court this afternoon.
Brian Pavia was immediately sentenced to spend six-to-twelve years in state prison for the killing of John Dulsky in Forty Fort back in December.
At a preliminary hearing, Pavia claimed he pulled the trigger in self-defense.
The shooting victim’s mother told Newswatch 16 that she is relieved that a trial was avoided, but the family is struggling to raise Dulsky’s 5-year-old son.
“That was the hardest thing to tell a little boy that his father has died. He was waiting for him to come to take him to Chucky Cheese and McDonalds, like we did every week,” said Margaret Czerpak. “They were friends. What happened, there’s a lot of questions unanswered. We may never know.”