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U.S. Rep. Barletta seeks to remove killer interred in Pa. veterans cemetery

U.S. Rep. Barletta seeks to remove killer interred in Pa. veterans cemetery

HARRISBURG — The remains of a convicted murderer must be removed from Indiantown Gap National Cemetery so it can remain hallowed ground, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta said Tuesday. Barletta, R-11th District, has introduced legislation in Congress to disinter George Emery Siple from the federal cemetery in Lebanon County. Siple was buried there in 1999 after dying in federal prison 30 years after he was convicted of shooting and killing Bertha Smith of Harrisburg. Smith's family has been unsuccessful in petitioning the Department of Veterans Affairs to disinter Siple in line with a 1997 federal law that bars veterans convicted of a capital crime from being buried in a national cemetery....

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