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Ready for trial, defendants enter guilty pleas

Published March 06. 2012 05:01PM

Several defendants, who were scheduled to pick juries on Monday in Carbon County court to hear their cases, instead entered into plea bargains with the district attorney's office and pleaded guilty to criminal counts.

Those pleading included:

Jeffrey Cope, 24, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy-harassment. He was charged by Nesquehoning police for an incident at the county prison which occurred in November 2011 involving another inmate. The charge was reduced from aggravated harassment by a prisoner.

As part of the agreement any sentence imposed in the case will run concurrent with a sentence Cope is facing on sexual assault of a child charges. He pleaded guilty to those counts with sentencing to occurr later this month.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the plea and the plea agreement and deferred sentencing.

Jennifer R. Witrosky, 38, of Coaldale, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct. She was arrested by Summit Hill police for an incident on Jaunary 2011. She was orginally charged with corruption of minors, which was dropped in the plea agreement.

Serfass placed her on probatiion for six months and ordered he pay court costs, a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation and render 50 hours of community service.

Kevin A. Murray, 60, of Parryville, pleaded to one count of authorized use of a motor vehicle. He was arrested by Nesquehoning police for taking the 1998 Toyota Camry of Barbara Clauss without her permission.

Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he make restitution of $125 to the victim, zero tolerance imposed on drug and alcohol use, and have no contact with the victim.

Joseph Kosalko Jr., 32, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count each of terroristic threats and harassment. He was arrested by borough police for a domestic incident at his home involving Maria Conrad as the victim.

Serfass imposed a fine of $2,500 and costs.

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