COLLIER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) — Louis Vignone was a preferred determine within the Sheraden neighborhood for a few years.
In May of 2018, Vignone bought his home and moved, buddies and neighbors say, to get away from Eric Kortz, who lived throughout the road.
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“The neighbor was harassing him, and that’s why he decided to move,” mentioned Paul Stemplewski, a lifelong pal of Vignone.
According to an affidavit, Kortz stopped Vignone’s mail truck and “went to put some bullets in him” on Thursday. He then drove to the police station to show himself in. At the scene, investigators discovered the discarded handgun and 7 shell casings.
The affidavit says, “Kortz claimed that he shot Vignone because Kortz believed that Vignone and Vignone’s family had poisoned Kortz and Kortz’s family with cyanide when Vignone and Kortz were previously neighbors.”
Investigators and longtime buddies like Paul Stemplewski mentioned Vignone had been pleasant with Kortz’s father. But when the person died 5 years in the past, Kortz started accusing Vignone of poisoning his father and making an attempt to poison the remainder of the household.
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The threats continued and escalated after Vignone moved.
“He followed him a couple of times on his route and he actually found where he lived in his new neighborhood. This wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment thing. Apparently, this guy was planning to do this,” Stemplewski mentioned.
Kortz has no prison document, solely a quotation for driving an uninspected automobile. His ramshackle home is cluttered with particles and has a number of liens towards it for failure to pay metropolis and county taxes for a number of years. A younger man inside didn’t come to the door on Friday.
Neighbors informed KDKA’s Andy Sheehan the police have come to the home a number of instances, together with just a few months again once they say Kortz claimed somebody put poison in his truck. Stemplewski mentioned Vignone informed his supervisors in regards to the continued stalking however didn’t alert police.
“Cause Lou’s a good guy. He thinks everybody’s the same and this guy will get over it and everybody’s good,” Stemplewski mentioned.
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Kortz is being prosecuted federally for the loss of life of a U.S. Postal Service worker. The legislation supplies for a most complete sentence of life imprisonment or loss of life.