PIKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Murder plea offered in Pike

Posted 4/19/22

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 of recklessly endangering another person. 

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PIKE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Murder plea offered in Pike

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Milford, PA —  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 of 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’ Nicole 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.

President Judge Gregory H. Chelak accepted the plea.  With the plea, Paige faces up to 62 years in state prison.  He will be sentenced on June 24, 2022, in Pike County Court.

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 a laser, night scope and light for illuminating targets.

The incident was born out of a family dispute over several years and continued on March 31, 2020, with a verbal altercation at the bus stop between Ryan Paige’s girlfriend Tammy Sensebe and Nicole Gencarelli 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, stated “Like each and every murder case that I’ve prosecuted over years, there are no winners here.  A man lost his life, a family has lost a man that they loved, and another is facing a long prison term.”  “The Pennsylvania State Police did an outstanding job responding to the incident and apprehending Ryan Paige without any further violence.”

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