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Man to be sentenced in death of Middletown resident in Harrisburg

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 12/19/18

A 24-year-old Highspire man is to be sentenced Dec. 21 in Dauphin County Court after being convicted by a county jury of slaying Kodi Flanagan — formerly of Middletown — on April 25, …

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Man to be sentenced in death of Middletown resident in Harrisburg

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A 24-year-old Highspire man is to be sentenced Dec. 21 in Dauphin County Court after being convicted by a county jury of slaying Kodi Flanagan — formerly of Middletown — on April 25, 2017, in Harrisburg.

Sidney Nathan Michaels, formerly of the first block of Willow Street in Highspire, was convicted Dec. 12 after a three-day trial of second-degree murder and of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery charges, according to PennLive.

The jury found Michaels not guilty of first-degree murder, and not guilty of carrying firearms without a license.

Both first- and second-degree murder carry automatic life prison terms with no chance for parole, according to PennLive.

According to police arrest records, Michaels and Dylan James Beard, 27, of Highspire, were identified by an eyewitness as being responsible for robbing and shooting Flanagan in the area of North Third and Meunch streets.

The witness identified Michaels as using a handgun to shoot and kill Flanagan, according to court records. Beard testified against Michaels and pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in exchange for a promised 18- to 40-year jail sentence, according to PennLive.

The third person charged in the case, 22-year-old Sadia Bretznepe of Manchester, York County, also pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and is to receive a 5- to 12-year jail term, according to PennLive.

According to police, Bretznepe  conspired to set up the robbery that led to the murder. She testified for the prosecution in the trial.