- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man told reporters he killed his sister’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, but only because the man pulled a knife on the woman.

Forty-nine-year-old Billy Ray Boggs, of Rostraver, made those comments outside a preliminary hearing Monday at which he was ordered to stand trial in the death of 35-year-old Thomas Guercio, of Manor.

Boggs told reporters, “I feel sorry for Tom Guercio, but you should not hold knives to women’s faces and threaten to cut their faces.” Asked if he killed Guercio, Boggs replied, “Yes. Bet he won’t do that again, will he?”

Prosecutors allege that Boggs hit the victim in the head with a hammer and later stabbed him in the chest, then dumped the body in Armstrong County.

Guercio was last seen March 23 and his body was found on May 1.


This story has been corrected to fix a quote in third paragraph to say “you should not hold knives” instead of “you should hold knives.”

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