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article imageMan who took a chainsaw to his neighbor's door lands in prison

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Jan 7, 2009 in Crime
Robert S. Kane and his neighbor, Earl Fedrick, had asked his neighbor not to park in front of their homes across the street. When the neighbor's friends parked in front of Kane's house he took matters in his own hands.
Scranton, Pa.-- Robert S. Kane was convicted by a jury for taking a chain saw and cutting his neighbor's door open. He was found guilty of attempted burglary, attempted criminal trespass, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person. He faces up to 37 years in prison.
A sentencing date has not been set but Kane was sent to prison in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Sometime in February Robert S. Kane and Earl Fedrick asked their neighbor Jamie Zaleski not to park in front of their homes which were across the street. During this conversation Kane told Mr. Zakeski that he was crazy and not to make him angry.
On March 5 one of Mr.Zaleski's friends parked in front of Mr. Kane's house according to police. Zaleski was at his apartment with several friends when there was a knock at his door.
Zaleski asked who was it and Kane answered, “Your worst (expletive) nightmare. Open the door or I’ll cut it down.”
Those in the apartment fled out the back door as the chain saw cut through the middle of the front door starting at the bottom and cutting about halfway up.
Andrew Lentowski the defense attorney argued they had arrested the wrong man as Zaleski never saw who cut through his door.
His argument was rejected by Assistant District Attorney Stephanie Austria. She pointed out Mr. Fedrick testified at trial Mr. Kane bragged about what he’d done.
Ms. Austia said,“We definitely had the right guy."
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