Cristine Shafer

Cristine Shafer

BUCKS COUNTY COURTHOUSE — Speaking softly and at times dabbing at her eyes with a tissue, 21-year-old Cristine Shafer pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court May 7 to charges of making false reports to law enforcement, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. 

Shafer, of West Rockhill, who was with 19-year-old Iziah Ramon-Lewis when he was fatally shot in 2016 at a Perkasie park and who has been identified in court documents as his girlfriend, could be sentenced to a maximum of two years and 30 days in prison, Judge Rea Boylan said.

Sentencing was deferred, however, until after another case in which Shafer is accused of possessing heroin and drug paraphernalia is completed. 

In that case, Middletown Township Police said suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia were found in Shafer's purse, jacket pocket and vehicle after she was found passed out behind the wheel of her vehicle in March, the criminal complaint shows. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 30, online court information shows. 

At the May 7 proceedings, Deputy District Attorney Marc Furber said Shafer previously overdosed and her parents revived her with Narcan.

As a condition of remaining free on bail, Boylan ordered Shafer to get a drug and alcohol assessment that day.

"I think you ought to be in-patient," Boylan told Shafer. 

"Thank God your parents had Narcan," she said. 

Ramon-Lewis was killed Oct. 29, 2016 at Second Street Park in what was a botched robbery by four teenagers who plotted to rob a marijuana dealer, investigators said. 

At the time, Shafer told investigators the youths yelled racial epithets at Ramon-Lewis after which he chased them and was shot, police said. 

What really happened was the youths unsuccessfully tried to take marijuana at gunpoint and Ramon-Lewis was shot, police said. 

Three of the teenagers implicated in the case — Carson Kimnach, 17 at the time, of Hilltown; Christopher Pavack, then 16, of Perkasie; and Noah Strickland, 16 at the time, of Perkasie, were adjudicated in juvenile court and sent to juvenile detention facilities. The fourth, Harrison Moss, who was 15 at the time, of Wyncote, pleaded guilty in adult court to firing the fatal shot and was sentenced to six to 12 years in state prison, followed by 10 years probation. 

In February of this year, Stephen Strickland, Noah Strickland's father, pleaded guilty to charges of hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence in connection with the case and was sentenced to six to 18 months in Bucks County Correctional Facility. In April, a motion for work release was granted, online court information shows.  

  

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