Jury finds Hare guilty on 6 of 8 counts

Published: 4/20/2017 8:50 PM
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By Mark Gilger

SUNBURY — A jury has found Victor Hare III guilty on six of eight counts in the overdose death of 9-year-old Korbin Rager. 

After four hours of deliberation, the jury late this afternoon returned a verdict of guilty on a felony charge of drug delivery resulting in death, which alone could put Hare behind bars for up to 40 years. He was also found guilty on a felony count of involuntary manslaughter and two misdemeanors each of recklessly endangering and endangering the welfare of children. 

The jury did not find Hare guilty of a felony aggravated assault charge and a misdemeanor of indecent assault.

President Judge Charles Saylor ordered a pre-sentence investigation and said Hare will be sentenced in 45 to 60 days.

Hare told the media as he was led out of the courthouse that he plans to appeal and believes he’s not guilty.

John Rager, Korbin's father, said he believes Hare should have been found guilty on all eight charges, but said he's happy that he will remain in jail and likely for a long time.

“No one knows what I’m going through,” said Rager, of Bloomsburg.

Korbin Rager was found dead on Oct. 13, 2014, at Hare’s home.

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