By Kaylee Lindenmuth
A 51-year-old Kutztown man faces 16 to 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend in the November 19, 2017, shooting.
Berks County Judge Madelyn S. Fudeman sentenced Gerald W. Fusner of East Main Street on August 6, 2018. He was charged with third-degree murder.
Around 2:30 p.m. on November 19, 2017, borough police were called to a home in the 500 block of East Main Street for a reported domestic incident with shots fired.
According to police, Catherine Kriebel, 39, of Kutztown was found dead on the side porch of her residence and Fusner was found across the street with a gunshot wound to his neck. He was subsequently flown via MedEvac to the Cedar Crest campus of the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.
KU’s Department of Public Safety, the Kutztown Fire Department, the Berks County District Attorney’s Office Forensic Services Unit and the Berks County Coroner’s Office assisted borough police at the scene.
Fusner admitted to the killing and although he initially faced first-degree murder charges, he was sentenced for third-degree murder, aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime.
The incident was the first homicide in Kutztown since 2007, the fourth since 1968.