August 2, 2001 |
Charged with crimes that could have sent him to prison for up to 20 years for hitting a police officer with his car, the Rev. Martin Fry, a Baptist minister, accepted a plea bargain from Bucks County prosecutors yesterday and was sentenced to 12 months' probation. Mr. Fry also was asked to apologize to the officer in open court - prompting Mr. Fry's wife, Carol, to punch open the courtroom doors and rage in the hallway: "No one said he was going to have to apologize!" Mr. Fry, 59, of Newtown, who with his wife operates the Noah's Ark Christian day-care center in Langhorne, was charged with two counts of felony assault and four misdemeanors.
August 31, 1989 |
Running back Kevin Mack of the Cleveland Browns pleaded guilty yesterday to using cocaine, in a plea bargain that included the dismissal of three related charges. With a series of one-word responses, Mack, who was arrested on June 28 in Cleveland, said he understood that the plea could result in a sentence of up to 18 months in prison. Judge Richard J. McMonagle of Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Common Pleas Court said he would sentence Mack after receiving a probation and drug-use report.
February 27, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Seven years ago, Richard DeCoatsworth was called a hero after the Philadelphia rookie cop survived a shotgun blast to the face and chased his attacker for blocks. On Tuesday, after 10 months in prison on high bail following a chaotic May 18 armed standoff with Philadelphia police, DeCoatsworth reluctantly pleaded guilty to simple assault, a drug count, and promoting prostitution. His plea came after years of drug use and emotional turmoil. "His brains were scrambled.
February 6, 2008 |
Penn State starting safety Anthony Scirrotto's legal troubles stemming from an alleged apartment invasion last year likely will end in a plea bargain next week while the other defendant in the case is headed to trial after picking a jury Monday, according to the Centre Daily Times. Scirrotto, 21, of West Deptford, N.J., faces a count of criminal trespass and a summary harassment count for the alleged incident police said involved almost two dozen members of the PSU football team.
June 21, 1995 |
A 29-year-old West Chester man pleaded guilty yesterday to assaulting a woman after charges were withdrawn Monday against three others who had been accused of aiding him. Yesterday, Damon Wylie was sentenced to six to 23 months in Chester County prison for committing one count of simple assault, a misdemeanor, under the plea bargain negotiated with Assistant District Attorney Stephen J. Kelly. Wylie had been charged with sexually assaulting a 24-year-old Coatesville woman over eight hours on March 22 in an apartment at the Oak Street complex in Coatesville.
December 18, 2004 |
Canucks star Todd Bertuzzi could be on the verge of a plea bargain involving the assault charge he faces for sucker-punching Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore earlier this year, the Vancouver Province reported yesterday. The two sides are very close to a deal, the newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources close to discussions between prosecutors and Bertuzzi's defense team. Bertuzzi was charged with assault after slugging Moore from behind and driving his face into the ice during a game March 8. Moore was hospitalized with three fractured vertebrae, facial cuts, postconcussion symptoms and amnesia.
January 12, 2002 |
Two state troopers charged in the shooting that is at the center of New Jersey's racial-profiling controversy have reached an agreement allowing them to plead guilty to lesser offenses, a defense lawyer said yesterday. James Kenna and John Hogan will go to Superior Court in Trenton on Monday to plead guilty to misconduct for not following proper police procedures and filing false reports, sources familiar with the deal said. They are expected to avoid jail time under the agreement, but lose their state police jobs and are barred from seeking employment as police officers in the state.
March 12, 1992 |
Two men accused of taking an eight-ton bulldozer on a three-mile, early morning joyride through Newtown Township in January will plead guilty to amended charges of the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal conspiracy and criminal mischief, according to their attorneys. Michael J. Funk, 23, of the 500 block of Linton Hill Road, Newtown, and Robert G. Engle, 23, of the 200 block of Newtown-Richboro Road, Richboro, have also agreed to reimburse four property owners who suffered damages from the incident.
December 10, 1989 |
In 1986, Chris Kwortnik, then a freshman at North Penn High School, lost his first-round match in the PIAA state wrestling tournament to Manheim Central's Scott Henry. Over the next three years, Kwortnik won 109 consecutive matches - two of them over Henry. He finished his high school career with a record of 141-1 and three straight PIAA state titles. He was considered the best wrestler Pennsylvania has produced. Yet in his senior year Kwortnik would still watch videotape of the bout with Henry just to think about how he could have won it. Now Kwortnik, along with his brother, Jeff, is facing something more serious.
January 31, 1989
It's no shock that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has just rejected a plea bargain in its forthcoming racketeering case. Since the union's leaders don't like the sweeping reforms that federal prosecutors are seeking in court, an out-of-court settlement that's nearly as stringent doesn't hold much appeal. That's fine, because a trial should serve the public interest as well. Day after day, a trial can inform all Americans (including 1.6 million Teamsters) about a union whose leaders, according to a 1986 report of the President's Commission on Organized Crime, "have been firmly under the influence of organized crime since the 1950s.