MILFORD, PA —In Pike County Court President Judge Gregory H. Chelak sentenced Ryan James Paige, age 32 of Dingmans Ferry, PA, to 28 years and seven months to 62 years in a state correctional facility and fined $1,200 for the crimes of Murder of the 3rd Degree, Criminal Attempt Murder, and two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person.
MILFORD, PA —In Pike County Court President Judge Gregory H. Chelak sentenced Ryan James Paige, age 32 of Dingmans Ferry, PA, to 28 years and seven months to 62 years in a state correctional facility and fined $1,200 for the crimes of Murder of the 3rd Degree, Criminal Attempt Murder, and two counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person. The shooting arose out of a long simmering dispute between the families.
At sentencing the fiancé of Ron Paige, Nicole Gencarelli, read a letter from Ron Paige that was written to his son several months before the shooting incident. In that letter, Ron Paige offered to reconcile the dispute between the families and offered words of support for Ryan going forward. Though there was an attempt to deliver the letter, the letter was rebuffed by Ryan.
In April, facing over 100 people called for jury selection in Pike County Court to hear his murder trial, Ryan Paige entered a plea of guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder and two counts recklessly endangering another person. Paige was charged in April 2020 with shooting a rifle into the home of his father, Ronald Paige, and his fiancé’ Ncole Gencarelli and two minor children in the early morning hours of April 1, 2020. One bullet, fired by Ryan Paige, struck Ronald Paige in his back causing his death.
State troopers from both the Blooming Grove and Stroudsburg state police barracks responded to 196 Spruce Run Drive in Porter Township to a report of an individual being shot. Nicole Gencarelli identified Ryan Paige as the individual that drove a vehicle to the front of her residence and began firing a rifle into the residence.
State troopers responded to 141 Spruce Run Drive, the home of Ryan Paige. When confronted Ryan Paige came from his residence wearing a ballistic vest that held magazines of ammunition and a large knife. Troopers took Paige into custody without incident. Paige then admitted involvement in the shooting of his father’s residence.
State police subsequently recovered a semi-automatic Tavor 5.56 NATO round rifle. The rifle was equipped with laser, night scope and light for illuminating targets.
The ongoing family dispute led to a March 31, 2020, verbal altercation at the bus stop between Ryan Paige’s girlfriend, Tammy Sensebe and Nicole Gencarelli which erupted when picking up lunch distributed by East Stroudsburg School District because of school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
District Attorney Ray Tonkin, who was prosecuting the case, reflected that, while he has prosecuted numerous murder cases over his years as district attorney, this case seemed particularly senseless. Tonkin stated “Here an easily resolvable family dispute led to the death of a father and a long term of incarceration for his son, a truly no winner situation.” Praising police Tonkin remarked “The Pennsylvania State Police did an outstanding job responding to the incident and apprehending Ryan Paige without any further violence.”
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