A Nesquehoning man was sentenced to a long county prison term on Monday for his part in the home invasion of an elderly borough woman.
Michael Kent, 24, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve 18 to 36 months in prison on charges of robbery and recklessly endangering another person. Kent is the second defendant involved in the incident that has been sentenced.
Kent and Randy Warman, 23, also of Nesquehoning, were charged with bursting into the home of Anna Klemic, who was 91 at the time, on May 16, 2006. Klemic died on Sept. 16, 2006, a month short of her 92nd birthday. Relatives said at the plea proceeding for Warman that the experience of the robbery hastened her death.
Kent was not considered the person who planned the robbery. His defense attorney, Glenn M. Goodge, said his client was a "follower" not a leader and that Warman had planned the robbery.
After his arrest Kent told investigators that Warman initially burst into the home while he waited outside. He said when he entered the home he saw Warman tying up Klemic and holding a knife to her throat. Warman, at his plea hearing, claimed Kent had the knife and that it was his idea to rob the woman.
Warman has been sentenced to a state prison term. He also received a state prison term in Sc