CASE UPDATE: Schuylkill Man Found Guilty of Attempted Murder

April 4, 2018 | Topic: Criminal

Jury Convicts Harold McGurl in the 2016 Stabbing of Jordan Adams

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that a Schuylkill County man was found guilty of attempted murder in the first degree, aggravated assault and other charges by a jury of his peers.

Harold McGurl, Jr., 44, of Ashland, was charged with attempted murder in the first degree, aggravated assault and simple assault in October 2016 after Pennsylvania State Police responded to a report of a stabbing. The defendant stabbed the victim in the face and arms. He identified his attacker as McGurl. Investigators later learned that the attack was intended for Jordan Adams’ brother, the current boyfriend of McGurl’s ex-girlfriend.

“This offender violently attacked a man over a spurned romance. Yesterday’s verdict makes the Ashland community a safer place,” Attorney General Shapiro said. “Thanks to strong collaboration with our partners in the Pennsylvania State Police, we were able to bring this man to justice.”

Sentencing has not yet been scheduled. He faces a potentially lengthy incarceration, including a maximum prison sentence of up to 40 years in jail on the attempted murder charge. The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Philip McCarthy.

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