Stephen Scher Guilty Again Of Murder

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 13, 2008 at 5:21 PM EST

Stephen Scher is found guilty of first degree murder, for a second time.

The Susquehanna County man was convicted of the 1976 shooting death of Montrose attorney Martin Dillon.

It took the jury of 9 women and 3 men less than 2 hours to convict Sher of first degree murder.
A verdict Martin Dillon's family and friends have waited nearly 3 decades for.

"My brother has been done proud, he's been done proud," says Joann Reimel.

67 year old Stephen Scher had no reaction as each jury member stood up and gave their guilty verdict to the court.

The jury agreed Scher purposely shot and killed Martin Dillon as the men were skeet shooting at a Silver Lake Hunting Camp in 1976.

Joann Reimel, Martin Dillon's sister, says it's what she's been waiting to hear for the last 30 years.

"Now he's going to rest in peace. I hope regarding that defendant, that one over there, that defendant. I hope he's now in jail and remain there the rest of his life and they will throw away the key this time," says Reimel.

Friends of Martin Dillon feel the same way.

Kendall Strawn says the past 30 years has been difficult for him.

And he, like the Dillon family, feel justice has been served.

"I think closure is over with now and when it comes to 12 people in the jury, anything can happen. It takes just one to throw it the other way but I can tell you as I talk to you folks now, it's the right verdict," Strawn.

Stephen Scher's ex-wife, Ann Vitale says she can now get on with her life...

And leave the past behind.

"I don't care if I ever hear those names again in my entire life. I don't intend to speak them myself...it's done," says Vitale.

A jury also found Scher guilty of first degree murder in 1997, but that conviction was overturned.

Dillon's family hopes that's not the case again.

Scher will be sentenced tomorrow morning at 9:15 in Susquehanna County court.

He's expected to be sentenced to life in prison.

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