SOMERSET – Police say a 20-year-old Stoystown man who allegedly described himself as “an extremely jealous person” tried to hack his co-worker to death with a machete early Saturday morning because he was jealous of the co-worker’s friendship with his ex-girlfriend.
Shannon Nicholas Spory told police that he entered his co-worker’s Friedens home through an unlocked door at around 5 a.m. Saturday and stood next to the sleeping man’s bed, holding the machete above his head and poised to strike, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
After about two minutes of contemplation, Spory allegedly 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, state Trooper Joseph Kozuch wrote in the affidavit. 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 hand 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, Kozuch wrote.
At that point, Spory said, he realized that “he was not going to get away with his plan since he was becoming progressively tired,” according to the affidavit. He allegedly 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.
At around 5:04 a.m., the state police barracks in Somerset received a call from Spory’s co-worker, who said that Spory had entered his home and attacked him with a machete. When troopers arrived at the man’s home in the 100 block of Kent Lane, they found both men covered in blood, according to the affidavit.
The man who was attacked sustained “multiple lacerations to his hands, arms, chest, face, head and back,” Kozuch wrote, adding that the man's "hands were wrapped" after he received treatment at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown "due to the severe bleeding and possible dismemberment of (the) little finger on his left hand."
Spory, of the 100 block of R Upper Road, seemed eager to tell the troopers what had happened, according to the affidavit. Kozuch wrote that Spory “immediately … started explaining the situation” and, after he was advised that he had the right to remain silent, “asked … if he could now continue with his story.”
He allegedly told the troopers that he parked his car at a nearby business and walked through several yards and wooded areas to get to his co-worker’s house. He also said that he removed the bulb from an exterior porch light so that, if his co-worker heard him, he couldn’t turn on the light and see his face, according to the affidavit.
Later that morning, Kozuch interviewed Spory at UPMC Somerset.
“He related that he is an extremely jealous person,” Kozuch wrote in the affidavit. “He related that, since his breakup with his ex-girlfriend, he has become increasingly jealous of the victim and his ex-girlfriend’s friendship. He related that he decided about a week ago that he was going to eliminate the victim from the picture. … He related several times that his intention for going to (the victim’s) house was to kill him.”
Spory, who was arraigned Sunday afternoon before District Judge Kenneth W. Johnson, of Somerset, has been charged with two counts of attempted homicide and one count each of aggravated assault, burglary, terroristic threats, possession of a weapon, simple assault and reckless endangerment, according to court documents.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. April 23 before Johnson.