Long Prison Stretch for Northampton County Trooper Shooter

EASTON, Pa. -- The man convicted of attempted homicide in the shooting of a state trooper in Northampton County last year has been sentenced to a long prison term.

Daniel Clary was convicted in June attempted homicide of a law enforcement officer in the shooting of Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Seth Kelly.

A judge sentenced him Friday to 53 and a half to 110 years in prison.

Kelly was one of two troopers involved in that traffic stop on November 7.

Police say Clary was pulled over for speeding by Trooper Ryan Seiple.   After it was found he may have been under the influence, Clary and the troopers began physically fighting on the side of the road.

After fighting with officers and freeing himself from their restraint, Clary grabbed a gun and fired it at Tpr. Seiple and Cpl. Kelly.

Both troopers were able to shoot back but Clary managed to get to his car and drive to a hospital.

Authorities released dashcam video of the attack earlier this month.  The footage of what took place along Route 33 near Stockertown shows Clary who had been pulled over for speeding. Then there was a struggle involving Clary, Trooper Seiple, and Cpl. Kelly.

Clary eventually got a gun out of his car and fired. Kelly was shot and severely wounded.

"What an appropriate sentence for this type of conduct," said Northampton County First Deputy District Attorney Terry Houck. "Given the nature of this case, you know, and the culture that we find ourselves in today, it was real, real important that this conduct get recognized for the severity and brutality that it was."

Cpl. Kelly and Trooper Seiple both read impact statements to the judge as well as Kelly's wife and Seipel's father. It was an emotional afternoon in the court as each of them recounted their experiences surrounding the shooting.

Several dozen Pennsylvania State Troopers attended the hearing.

"I thought it was important for us to come out and show our support for our men who were involved in the incident that day, and also show the community that, obviously, this incident hit home for all of us," said Capt. Richard D'Ambrosio, Pennsylvania State Police.

Cpl. Kelly is a 13-year veteran of the state police and a native of Wayne County.




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