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According to Commonwealth witnesses, Gleason was traveling 85-90 mph, approached a right hand curve in the roadway, and tried to overtake a vehicle in the left hand lane on the corner. While in the corner, Gleason struck a 2015 Jeep head on driven by a one Steven Weimer. As a result of Gleason’s reckless behavior, both female passengers in Gleason’s vehicle were instantly killed, and the driver of the jeep, Weimer, suffered broken ribs and other injuries.
Gleason was charged by Trooper Stephanie Makin with Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Assault by Vehicle, two counts of Homicide by Vehicle, Criminal Mischief, two counts of Involuntary Manslaughter, Simple Assault, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and nine Summary Traffic Offenses. A trial was held between February 13-15, 2017, and District Attorney, Andy Watson, prosecuted the case. Gleason was found guilty of all counts by the jury.
At sentencing on April 11, 2017, Gleason received a total sentence of 140-280 months, or approximately 11.6-23.3 years in State Prison.
District Attorney Watson wishes to thank Trooper Makin, Corporal Sean Batterson, Corporal Stephen Schmit and the witnesses that testified at the time of trial. Coudersport based State Police conducted a very thorough investigation in the case. Additionally, the District Attorney extends his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims.