Langorne Man Sentenced 7 1/2 to 10 Years in State Prison for Shooting of Former Friend in Birch Valley
A 26 year-old Langnorne man will spend at least the next seven, and up to 10 years in state prison for an unprovoked attack and shooting of a former friend in the Birch Valley section of Levittown in 2020.
Jason Brennan, in June was found guilty by a Bucks County Jury on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person, and possession of an instrument of crime.
In July, he also he pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance for possessing PCP, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana, court records show.
On Tuesday, he appeared before President Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr., who sentenced him to five years to 15 years on the aggravated assault charge and 2 ½ years to 5 years on the firearms charge, to be served consecutively, for a total of 7 ½-20 years’ incarceration. He was also ordered to undergo drug and alcohol and mental health treatments.
Prior to sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Mary Kate Kohler presented four victim impact statements. Describing Brennan as a “danger to society,” Kohler said there was never any explanation for the shooting, which the evidence showed was premeditated and absolutely no remorse was shown on the part of the defendant. “It was completely unprovoked.”
In imposing sentence, Judge Bateman reiterated that this was an unprovoked and unnecessary attack where the defendant brought a gun with him to his unsuspecting friend’s home uninvited and started shooting at him while a child and many other innocent bystanders were present.
The shooting took place outside a residence on Buttonwood Lane in May of 2020.
Falls Police responded to shots fired calls around 3 pm on May 17. Subsequent investigation revealed Brennan was sitting in his white SUV outside the victim’s residence when he told him he didn’t belong in this neighborhood, court records show.
The victim noticed Brennan had a hand gun and told his girlfriend to take their two old children inside the home and call police.
The victim went in to his home getting two hand guns, and was shot by Brennan multiple times as he exited his home. The victim returned fire, striking Brennan’s SUV multiple times, said police.
Brennan was apprehended a short time later, parked at a Croydon gas station by Bristol Township Police.
This case was investigated by the Falls Township Police Department and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Mary Kate Kohler.