During his sentencing hearing held Friday morning, Edward R. Kralik, 68, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the June 2010 homicide of Clayton Lecker of St. Marys.
Elk County President Judge Richard Masson presided over the hearing, which took place in the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway, where many of Lecker's family members and friends were in attendance.
Pure Thirst, an organization founded by DuBois Central Catholic senior Matt Burnett and comprised of students from a number of area schools, successfully completed its goal earlier this year of raising $28,500 for the construction of a water filtration system in El Jaral, Honduras. Now the students are working to raise enough money to allow several of them to embark on a week-long mission trip to El Jaral on June 18 to dedicate the system and participate in service work throughout that community.
According to Matt Burnett, the water filtration system itself will cost roughly $22,500.