Murder suspect Antonio Winkleman drew a stiff six- to 12-year state prison sentence Wednesday in an unrelated 2006 case involving a handgun and drugs.

Winkleman’s attorney, John Kasaback, asked Judge Gerard Long to delay the sentencing until one other old case as well as the new homicide case are disposed of.

But Long refused to do that, saying Winkleman has a prior criminal record of 11 offenses as an adult and also a juvenile record. In addition, the judge noted that the defendant had failed to show up for his sentencing.

In the 2006 case, Winkleman pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a license, fleeing police and possessing crack cocaine.

The charges were filed by Johnstown police after Winkleman, who’d been a passenger in a vehicle stopped by the police, fled on Nov. 15, 2006.

He subsequently was taken into custody and accused of having a .44-caliber handgun that had been found under the passenger’s seat.

In the pending case, Winkleman was charged by East Conemaugh police with fleeing from an Aug. 4 accident, then giving a false name when eventually questioned.

Bond in that case was set at $100,000. Even if Winkleman could post it, he will not be released. He’s being held without bond in the first-degree murder case.

Winkleman, 25, of Johnstown, is accused of fatally shooting 51-year-old Scott Ickes at the victim’s home Dec. 9 in Elton. A preliminary hearing will be held Jan. 16 before District Judge Rick Varner of Salix.

Long appointed Kasaback and Ebensburg attorney Paul Eckenrode to represent Winkleman in the murder case.

Kasaback said it’s too early to say what defenses might be available to his client.

“We won’t know until the preliminary hearing what kind of evidence the commonwealth is relying on. Once we see that, then we’ll know what defenses we have,” he said.

Lisa Lazzari, chief public defender, said attorneys from her staff will represent Heather Head, Winkleman’s girlfriend, who is charged with assisting him to flee from Ickes’ house after the shooting.

Lazzari has filed a petition asking the court to reduce Head’s $100,000 bond. Judge Norman Krumenacker will hold a hearing Dec. 27 on the petition.

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