Five men who were charged following an investigation into the 2019 home invasion and shooting death of an Apalachin man have been sentenced for their roles.
The Tioga County District Attorney’s Office reported Wednesday that the investigation into the murder of Brian Argro has been successfully concluded, with all five defendants receiving lengthy prison terms.
Argro was killed in the early morning hours of May 9, 2019 during a home invasion at his residence on 5 Dorothy Road in Apalachin.
As a result of the investigation, New York State Police at Owego charged Jahmier Everett, aka “Jah Diggs,” 39, of Binghamton, and Michael McVicker, 49, Curtis Cuttino, 43, Marcus Nolasco, 33, and Bernard Turner, 38, all of York, Pennsylvania.
Investigators determined Everett had known Argro, had disputes with him, and came up with a plan to burglarize Argro’s home, assault him and steal from him.
Everett recruited Nolasco, an associate, to put together a team to carry out the crime, state police said. Nolasco in turn recruited Turner to provide a vehicle and McVicker and Cuttino to break into the house and attack the victim.
Everett led the team to Argro’s home and supplied Cuttino and McVicker with a Smith & Wesson .380-caliber pistol before they entered the home.
McVicker and Cuttino then tied up an adult female who was present and assaulted Argro, who was shot and killed when he resisted, police said.
Cuttino and McVicker, who fled the scene on foot after discovering the others had left without them, were both apprehended later that day. Everett, Nolasco, and Turner were taken into custody later that year.
Everett went to trial and was convicted of second-degree murder, first-degree burglary, and three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for murder, 15 years on the burglary charge and 10 years for each weapons count. The sentences will be served concurrently.
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McVicker was also found guilty after a jury trial of second-degree murder, along with first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
He was sentenced to 25 years to life on the murder charge, 15 years for burglary, and 10 years apiece for each of the other charges, all of which will run concurrently.
Cuttino pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He received 21 years to life for murder, and 10 years on the weapon charge, to be served concurrently.
Nolasco pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Turner pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.
State police were assisted in the investigation by the Tioga and Broome County sheriff’s offices, and by the West York and Spring Garden Township, Pennsylvania police departments.
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