Donald Kloch Sr.
Donald Kloch Sr.

Jurors on Monday afternoon convicted a Peach Bottom Township man of some of the charges against him, including attempted homicide.

Donald Michael Kloch Sr. was on trial for trying to rape a 19-year-old woman, then allegedly trying to shoot her, her father and a family friend after the two men burst in to rescue her, police said.

Kloch apparently was angry over having $880 stolen from him during a drug deal, and blamed the young woman.

After the verdict was announced, presiding Common Pleas Judge Craig T. Trebilcock revoked bail for Kloch, who was handcuffed in the courtroom and led out by sheriff's deputies.

The jury found Kloch guilty of one count each of attempted homicide, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful restraint and false imprisonment; two counts of aggravated assault; and three counts each of reckless endangerment, simple assault and making terroristic threats, according to senior deputy prosecutor Amy Eyster.

Kloch, 51, of 189 Clover Trail, maintains his innocence.

Bail revoked: Defense attorney Farley Holt asked Trebilcock to allow Kloch to remain free pending sentencing, but the judge wouldn't allow it.

The judge noted Kloch's own testimony confirms he used and sold illegal drugs, and that when he realized he'd been ripped off, "his selected course of action was to get a shotgun."

Kloch is a threat to the victims in the case, according to Trebilcock, because if he'd grab a gun over $880, he'd certainly do the same thing over a conviction that could land him in prison for many years.

Eyster said she hasn't decided what sentence to request for Kloch, but said she'll ask for at least 10 years.

As he left the courtroom, Holt said he was "stunned and severely disappointed" by the verdict.

The background: Kloch brandished a double-barrel shotgun and trued to rape the 19-year-old in the bedroom of his home May 7, according to police.

When she tried to flee, he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back toward his bed, police allege. His shotgun went off, firing a round into the floor near her feet, state police said.

During the struggle, the woman's mother called her on her cell phone, which Kloch accidentally answered while grabbing it, according to testimony.

After hearing their daughter begging someone not to hurt her, her parents set out to find her, accompanied by a family friend.

Rescued: After tracking her down to Kloch's home, the young woman's father and the family friend -- both in their 60s -- burst in and disarmed Kloch, police said. The shotgun discharged twice more during that struggle, police said.

The young woman testified she illegally bought Percocet pills from Kloch and would smoke them in his house. She also said she smoked cocaine with Kloch.

The morning of the incident, the young woman helped set up an $880 drug deal between Kloch and an alleged drug dealer, she testified. But Kloch never got the Percocet pills he was trying to buy, and never got his money back either.

On the witness stand last week, the victim admitted she initially lied to police about the botched drug deal and her role in it because she didn't want her parents to know she was using drugs again.

She also admitted to lying about other details, including feeling forced to go back inside Kloch's home after they returned empty-handed from the planned drug deal.

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