2009-04-23 / Local & State

Man Gets Prison For Road-Rage

READING, Pa. (AP) - An eastern Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to six to 23 months in the county jail for what authorities describe as a road-rage case involving a judge.

Police in West Reading said Berks County Common Pleas Judge Stephen Lieberman had just driven out of a gas station parking lot on Dec 17 when a van driver yelled and blew his horn at him. The judge stopped, and police say while he was on the phone with 911 officials, the van driver pinned him between the van and the judge's SUV.

Lieberman spent six days in Reading Hospital with leg, foot and back injuries.

Twenty-two-year-old Ryan Schappell apologized to Lieberman on Friday before he was sentenced. He pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.

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