Shannon Spory

Shannon Spory booking mugshot. May 14, 2019. Submitted Photo/The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

SOMERSET – A Stoystown man will stand trial in Somerset County court for attempted homicide, accused of trying to hack his co-worker to death with a machete.

Shannon Nicholas Spory, 20, of the 100 block of R Upper Road, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday before District Judge Kenneth Johnson, of Somerset.

Spory, dressed in jails clothes, sat with his attorney, David Leake, of Somerset. Several of Spory’s family members sat in the back row.  

According to a criminal complaint filed by state police in Somerset, Spory told troopers that he entered his co-worker’s Friedens home through an unlocked door around 5 a.m. on April 13 and stood next to the sleeping man’s bed, holding the machete above his head.

After about two minutes of contemplation, Spory reportedly said he “decided that he wanted to follow through on his plan to kill” his co-worker and brought the machete down on the man’s head.

The man woke up and fought back, and Spory stabbed him several more times, the complaint said. He allegedly put the man in a headlock as they struggled for control of the machete, then punched him with a closed fist.

Spory said he “grabbed the machete’s blade with his left and the handle with his right hand” and attempted to stab his co-worker again, but only managed to slice his left hand wide open.”

At that point, Spory said, he realized that “he was not going to get away with his plan since he was becoming progressively tired,” the complaint said. 

He reportedly told his co-worker that he would surrender, then dropped the machete on the floor, laid down on his stomach and told the co-worker to call an ambulance and the police.

When troopers arrived at the man’s home in the 100 block of Kent Lane, they found both men covered in blood. The co-worker was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown with lacerations to his hands, arms, chest, face, head and back.

Spory reportedly told troopers that the attack was motivated by jealousy.

Spory “related that, since his breakup with his ex-girlfriend, he has become increasingly jealous of the victim and his ex-girlfriend’s friendship,” the complaint said.

Spory faces charges including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, burglary and possession of a weapon.

Leake asked the judge to reduce Spory’s bond from $250,000. The request was denied.

District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser said after the proceeding that the co-worker is recovering from extensive hand injures and also had multiple staples in his scalp.

“Clearly, (Spory) entered the victim’s home at night with a machete – and by his own admission –  to commit murder,” she said.

Spory is being held in Somerset County Jail 

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.

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