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Former Cranberry Twp. man sentenced to probation for threatening wife with gun

A former Cranberry Township man was sentenced to probation Thursday after pleading guilty to using a gun to threaten his wife, who said she has lived in fear since the July 2022 incident.

Scott A. Luster, 64, who now lives in Harrisburg, was sentenced to serve 18 months of probation after pleading guilty to a charge of terroristic threats filed by township police.

Before Common Pleas court Judge Joseph Kubit imposed the sentence, Lorraine Luster said she locked herself in a bedroom after her husband screamed at her and pushed her to the floor.

He picked the lock, pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her and one of their grandsons, who used to sit in his lap, she said.

She said she sleeps for a few hours and then waits for morning.

“I don’t sleep anymore,” she said.

She said she found a new home and started over since the incident.

“I live in fear,” she said. “You’re mean. You’re evil.”

Luster apologized, said he is receiving psychiatric treatment and is trying to be a better person.

“I deeply regret everything I’ve done,” Luster said.

Township police said Luster appeared to be intoxicated, spoke with slurred speech and said his wife pointed a gun at him when officers arrived at their home.

Township police said Luster’s wife was upset, shaking, crying and hyperventilating and had difficulty speaking when they arrived.

Police said the woman said her husband had been drinking all day, and she left at one point to give him time to calm down. She said he was still drinking when she returned, and she locked herself in a bedroom out of fear after he became belligerent toward her, police said.

According to police, she said he pounded on the door and demanded she open it.

Luster unlocked the door with a pin, entered the room carrying a 9 mm handgun, began shouting at her, pointed the gun at himself and told her to take the gun and shoot him, police said.

She told police she refused his request and began to cry before he allegedly pointed the gun at her and threatened to shoot her and her grandchildren, police said.

Police said they recovered the gun, which was loaded, and found a metal pin lodged in the door lock of the bedroom.

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