Southeastern PA

Bucks man gets life plus 15 to 30 years in friend's shooting death

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - A Bucks County man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, plus 15 to 30 years in the shooting death of a friend.

A judge imposed the term last week on Nicholas Kovatto, 38, of West Rockhill.

Kovatto was convicted in March of first-degree murder in the November 2015 slaying of Eric Kramer, 32, who was shot in the head outside a Richland Township home. He was also convicted of drug and firearms counts.

Prosecutors said Kovatto stood over Kramer as he fired five times and then drank a beer just feet away from the body as he waited for police.

Police found Kramer dead in between two parked vehicles outside the home in the 100 block of Richlandtown Pike.

During sentencing, President Judge Jeffrey L. Finley called the slaying "cold" and "remorseless."


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