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Man gets 20-40 years in Lehighton slaying

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    Yessy Rivera is led by trooper Mark Bower into magisterial district court in Jim Thorpe in 2017. On Monday, Rivera pleaded guilty to third-degree murder of Brian Lindner. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO

Published January 18. 2019 10:58AM


An Easton man, who admitted slitting the throat of a Lehighton man then fleeing the scene, was sentenced Friday morning in Carbon County court to serve 20 to 40 in a state correctional institution on a charge of third-degree murder.

Yessy Rivera, 30, previously pleaded to the charge and was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass for the murder of Brian Paul Lindner, 44, of 929 Coal St., on Sunday, April 30, 2017. Rivera entered his plea on Sept. 17, 2018.

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, emergency personnel and law enforcement agencies responded to the home of Michael W. Jerden Jr., 929 Coal St., where they found Lindner’s body face down in a pool of blood in the basement.

Rivera was identified as the suspect in the killing and was later found in Easton and taken into custody.

For the full report, see Saturday’s editions of the Times News.


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