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August 2, 2001 | By Matthew P. Blanchard INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
SPORTS
August 31, 1989 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
SPORTS
February 6, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
June 21, 1995 | By Edward A. Robinson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A 29-year-old West Chester man pleaded guilty yesterday to assaulting a woman after charges were withdrawn Monday against three others who had been accused of aiding him.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.
SPORTS
December 18, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
January 12, 2002 | By Joseph A. Gambardello INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 12, 1992 | By Steve Boman, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
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.
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December 10, 1989 | By John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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February 27, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
A MAN WHO fatally shot a woman he mistook for his intended target was allowed to plead guilty and receive a relatively light sentence yesterday because prosecutors feared he might walk free if he went to trial. For the March 2005 murder of Hadiyah McIver, Common Pleas Judge Rose DeFino-Nastasi reluctantly allowed Antoine Moye to plead guilty to third-degree murder and receive a negotiated sentence of six to 15 years in state prison followed by five years of probation. Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega told the judge that the case against Moye, 30, was weakened by the fact that a key witness recanted his police statement and is now claiming to be McIver's killer.
NEWS
July 22, 2013 | By Colleen Barry and Francesco Sportelli, Associated Press
GROSSETO, Italy - A court on Saturday convicted five employees of an Italian cruise company over the Costa Concordia shipwreck that killed 32 crew and passengers, handing down a maximum sentence of two years and 10 months reached in plea bargains. The guiltly verdicts for multiple manslaughter and negligence were the first reached in the sinking of the cruise liner carrying more than 4,000 crew and passengers near the Tuscan shore in January 2012. The ship's captain, the only remaining defendant, was denied a plea bargain and is being tried.
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | By Diaa Hadid, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - An Israeli military court sentenced a Palestinian American teenager Wednesday to two weeks in prison for throwing rocks at Israeli forces, the military said, in a case that has drawn attention to Israel's system of military detention of Palestinian minors. Israel's military said a juvenile military court convicted Mohammad Khalek, 14, of throwing stones, along with other Palestinians, at Israeli security forces April 2. It said Khalek confessed to the stone-throwing and reached a plea bargain for a fine of about $830 and a total of 31 days in jail, including the time he was held awaiting sentencing.
NEWS
March 30, 2013 | By Dan Elliott and P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press
DENVER - Prosecutors in the Colorado theater massacre case have rejected an offer from suspect James Holmes to plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, saying the proposal can't be considered genuine because the defense has repeatedly refused to give them information needed to evaluate it. No plea agreement exists, prosecutors said in a scathing court document Thursday, and one "is extremely unlikely based on the present information available...
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Dan Elliott and P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press
DENVER - Attorneys for the suspect in the Colorado theater shootings said Wednesday that he wanted to plead guilty and avoid the death penalty. The offer comes just days before the prosecution was set to announce whether they would seek to have James Holmes put to death for the attack that killed 12 people and injured 70. Prosecutors would not say Wednesday whether they would go along with a life sentence, and likely will consult with victims...
NEWS
March 24, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cash payments for genoa salami, capicola ham, and provolone led to a guilty plea for tax evasion for Nicholas Papanier, 57, who has been working to turn the Primo Hoagies chain into a successful franchise business. Papanier, who owns Primo Hoagies Franchising as well as Nellie's Provisions in Gloucester City, often received cash payments from Primo franchisees when they bought deli products from him, according to documents filed in federal court in Camden on Friday. Papanier diverted $556,664 in cash to his bank accounts during 2006, 2007 and 2008, in the amounts of, in order, $56,395, $349,264, and $151,005.
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February 28, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two more of six teenagers charged with beating a mentally disabled woman in Chester in September were sentenced to prison Tuesday. Takia Nicole Edwards, 19, and Janyea Bell, 16, appeared before Delaware County Court Judge James Nilon and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and to endanger another, according to Emily Harris, spokeswoman for the Delaware County District Attorney's Office. In exchange for her plea, Bell got a sentence of six to 23 months in prison, plus probation, anger management counseling, and an order to stay away from the victim.
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