2014-08-21 / Front Page

Steffawn Spriggs Guilty Of First Degree Murder

Could get life for shooting death
Staff Report

Spriggs Spriggs A jury last Thursday found onetime McConnellsburg resident Steffawn Spriggs guilty of first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of 18-year-old Calvin Beam after six hours of deliberation.

The Franklin County jury also found Spriggs guilty of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and reckless endangerment.

Spriggs, 24, could get life in prison when he is sentenced. A sentence hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24.

Beam was shot in the Salvation Army parking lot on Franklin Street in Chambersburg on Sept. 17, 2012. A witness who was with Spriggs just before the fatal shooting told the police that Spriggs had said “I’m going to make a (expletive) stink before my birthday.”

According to a story published Friday in the Public Opinion (PO), Spriggs’s attorney maintained in closing arguments before the court that Spriggs did not shoot Beam, and that many of the prosecutions witnesses were self-admitted liars and were not reliable because of the deals or pressure they faced from the prosecution.

The PO also reported that Assistant District Attorney Lauren Sulcove said that Beam died for no good reason. Asking for a guilty conviction, the prosecutor, according to the PO, argued that five witnesses put Spriggs at the scene moments before the shooting and that he could not say how live rounds of .22-caliber bullets consistent with the ones recovered from Beam got into his pockets at the time of his arrest Sept. 19, 2012, in Harrisburg. Sulcove also noted that fleeing to Harrisburg was a sign of Spriggs’s guilt.

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