A Langhorne man will spend up to 20 years in state prison for shooting his former friend. But the cause of the gunfire remains a mystery.

Jason Brennan, 26, showed up unannounced to the victim’s home in Falls Township back in May of last year. 

Jason Brennan, 26. Image via Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.

On May 17, 2020, the victim noticed Brennan parked out front of his residence on Buttonwood Lane in a white SUV. The victim’s girlfriend was outside with their two-year-old child.

When approached, Brennan became hostile and told the victim to leave, saying “you don’t belong here.” At this point the victim noticed Brennan had a fire.

The victim yelled over to his girlfriend to take cover and call 9-1-1. He then went to get two firearms of his own from the house.

As the victim went back outside, Brennan shot at him from the SUV. The victim returned fire, hitting the SUV as Brennan drove off.

Authorities say the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his right arm and was taken to St. Mary Hospital.

Soon after, the Bristol Township Police arrested Brennan in Croydon with a loaded handgun. They also found his SUV with bullet holes in the rear window.

Seventeen months later, prosecutors say there is still no explanation for the shooting.  Deputy District Attorney Mary Kate Kohler called Brennan a “danger to society.” 

“It was completely unprovoked,” said Kohler.

A jury convicted Brennan in June on two felony counts of aggravated assault and one count of carrying a firearm without a license. His sentencing carries 7.5 to 20 years in state prison.

Then in July, Brennan pleaded guilty to charges for possessing PCP, drug paraphernalia, and a small amount of marijuana. His plea carries no additional time behind bars but he must undergo treatment for drugs, alcohol, and mental health.