YOUNGSVILLE – The attempted criminal homicide case against Jackson Kent Knappenberger, 25, of Sugar Grove, has been continued in Warren Magisterial Court.
According to court records obtained by WNYNewsNow, Knappenberger will now have a preliminary hearing Jan. 30 at 9:00 a.m. in front of Magisterial Judge Todd A. Woodin. Warren County’s official website says Woodin’s office is located in Youngsville. The hearing has now been continued twice.
Knappenberger is charged with seven counts of attempted criminal homicide, seven counts of aggravated assault, one count of arson, five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, seven counts of recklessly endangering another person and a count of retaliation.
Knappenberger is being represented by the Warren County Public Defender’s Office.
Knappenberger was arrested earlier this year on charges of corruption of minors, corruption of minors (defendant age 18 or above), indecent assault of a person less than 13 and harassment (subject other to physical contact). That case remains active, and a calendar call is scheduled for Jan. 28. He was originally released on bail in that case, but bail was revoked due to the new charges.
Pennsylvania State Police report that Knappenberger confessed to lighting a plastic bag containing gas and oil on fire near a Wilson Road residence last month with two other adults and five children inside.
Knappenberger was reportedly caught a short distance from the scene barefoot and muddy. Troopers said Knappenberger lost his boots while fleeing the scene.