A Weatherly man, scheduled to go on trial this week in Carbon County court, instead entered into a plea bargain with the district attorney's office and pleaded guilty in three pending cases and a no contest plea in a fourth case. The pleas were entered before Judge Joseph J. Matika.
Frank Kephart Sr., 46, pleaded to two counts of simple assault and one count of criminal mischief. He entered a no contest plea to terroristic threats.
Kephart was arrested for incidents that occurred over a two-month span, June and July of 2013, in Weatherly.
He was accused of assaulting Lacie V. Moore on June 18, and his son, Christopher Kephart, on June 20. The mischief count stems from a July 10 incident involving three family members at 265 Doney Run.
The threats count stems from an incident on June 11 where he was charged with allegedly threatening to shoot Sgt. Michael Bogart of the borough police.
Matika said the incidents that occurred seemed out of character for Kephart. The judge noted he knows Kephart from the time he once served as a deputy sheriff.
Defense attorney Brian Gazo said his client "did things he's not proud of."
Kephart told Matika, "I got no excuse for my actions. It's the worst thing that has happened to me." He added, "You could give me a life sentence and it wouldn't make up for it."
Kephart said he has lost almost everything, including his family. It was noted that there are protection from abuse orders involving his wife, Kim, and children Christopher and Alyssa.
On the first simple assault count Matika sentenced him to serve six to one day less 24 months in the county prison. On the threats counts he was sentenced to serve one to one day less 24 months. On the second assault count he was sentenced to the same prison term as the first, with all running concurrently. He was placed on probation for a year on the mischief count, also concurrent with the other charges.
He was also ordered to get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment; attend and complete anger management counseling; have no contact with Christopher Kephart or Lacie Moore; make total restitution of $5,000; pay court costs, which average about $1,000; pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole; and not possess any firearms during the length of the sentence.
He was given credit for 232 days spent in jail to date on the charges and was paroled.