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Branch Has Bail Reduced on Burglary Charges

Stine reduces bail to $10,000.

Lamour Branch, the man who a witness says is the person who shot and killed a New Philadelphia man last month, had his bail reduced on an unrelated set of charges Thursday in Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas.

Court records show Branch’s bail was reduced from $25,000 to $10,000 by Judge D. Michael Stine at a bail reduction hearing at the Courthouse.

Branch is facing second-degree felony charges of burglary and criminal trespass for an incident in Cressona. He was arrested last month after his name came up in the investigation into the double homicides case in New Philadelphia.

An alleged witness to that incident says Branch shot and killed Hunter Mock, 18, at “The Sanchez” just outside New Philadelphia. Angelito Caraballo, 16, also of New Philadelphia, was killed in the incident, too, but who allegedly killed him is not evident from the police investigation details released.

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Police say Branch left that scene and made his way to a home near Mountain Top, Luzerne County, where he was arrested by US Marshals.

No charges have been filed in the New Philadelphia case and the police investigation is reportedly still ongoing into it.

Branch has not posted the reduced bail, as of this article publishing, and remains locked up at Schuylkill County Prison in Pottsville.

A Preliminary Hearing on the burglary and trespass charges is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 5 before District Magistrate AJ Serina.

For full details on the police investigation on the New Philadelphia homicides, check out our report on it from last month:

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