Erie County Judge Robert Sambroak dies

ERIE, Pa. -- Erie County Judge Robert Sambroak Jr. died Thursday following a short battle with an illness.

Presidne Judge John J. Trucilla sent a memo to all judges shortly before noon Thursday. Sambroak was 61.

Trucilla remembers Sambroak for his sense of humor and a keen sense of the law.

"He was above all else fair and impartial and treated litigants with dignity and respect, so it is a great loss not only to our legal community but certainly to the citizens of Erie County," Trucilla said.

Sambroak, a Pittsburgh native, served as the first assistant district attorney in Erie until he was elected to the Erie County bench in 2013.

Before being elected to the bench, Sambroak was the top prosecutor for both current District Attorney Jack Daneri and former District Attorney Brad Foulk.

Sambroak graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976 before graduating from Duquesne University School of Law in 1980.

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