A 29-year-old Tunkhannock man could face up to 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty Tuesday morning to criminal homicide for pulling the trigger last September that killed a Susquehanna County woman in a drug deal gone bad.
Jesse John Long admitted responsibility for the death of Micole Lindsay Gumper, 23, of Uniondale, who was shot the evening of Sept. 10 and then died the next day.
Senior Judge Kenneth Seamans accepted the plea to a lone felony charge Tuesday and noted that Long could face up to 20 years in state prison.
Long faced eight felony charges when the original case was filed by Trooper Karri L. Dodson, but the other charges will be not be prosecuted after he is sentenced on the lone count, District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said.
Another individual, David Bohner, also originally charged with attempted homicide because he was driving the vehicle from which Long had fired his gun, had those charges dropped in December after DA Mitchell said there was no evidence that Bohner had prior knowledge that Long was going to fire a gun at individuals whom had just been transacted heroin.
Bohner, did plead guilty in December and was sentenced Jan. 10 to 9-23.5 months in county jail for a single felony drug possession charge in the case.
According to court papers, the victim and her boyfriend, Dominic Pease, had consummated a drug deal with Long and Bohner at the Rivercrest Housing Development off Rt. 92 in Tunkhannock Township.
Believing that the drug transaction had been misrepresented and shorted, Pease, driving a U-Haul van followed a 2013 Hyundai Sonata operated by Bohner out of the development onto Rt. 92 South, headed to Falls.
Police say that Long began to fire several rounds from a handgun at the U-Haul van.
In the vicinity of a horse farm along Rt. 92 in Falls Township, one of the rounds penetrated the windshield of the van and struck Gumper in the front of the head as she was seated in the right front of the vehicle.
Long will be sentenced at a later date.