A man convicted of the 2021 Wormleysburg shooting has fled trial

Cumberland County, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — According to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office, a Cumberland County jury has entered a guilty verdict against Joel Richard Kent in connection with the 2021 shooting in Wormleysburg Borough.

The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office says that on August 25, 2021, Kent drove to a home in Wurmlesburg, got out of his car, and fired eight shots into a bedroom window. No one was home at the time of the shooting, and no one was injured.

The District Attorney’s office says Kent left the area speeding and was arrested later the same day. Police seized a firearm from Kent’s car that matched the description of the Wormlesburg shooting.

An investigation was launched, and police determined that the shooting was the result of a personal dispute, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Senior Assistant Cumberland County Attorney Daniel Tarvin and Assistant Chief Police Johnriel of the West Shore Regional Police Department prosecuted the case.

Kent failed to appear on the second day of trial on Tuesday January 24, 2023, and his whereabouts are currently unknown. Anyone with information or advice regarding the Kent location is asked to contact the West Shore Regional Police Department during normal business hours.

Sentencing for Kent is scheduled for Tuesday 28ebruary 2023.