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NEW CASTLE, PA. Man sentenced in assault, theft case



Published: Wed, April 3, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Corey Kradel already spent seven months in prison waiting for his trial to start.

B2 LAURE CIOFFI

VINDICATOR NEW CASTLE BUREAU

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Jamie Romeo is still trying to deal with what happened to her a year ago.

While the Hillsville woman appears fine physically, Romeo told Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Dominick Motto that she's still mentally traumatized after being beaten, robbed and left in an abandoned quarry in Shenango Township, Lawrence County.

"I still deal with it every day. It takes a long time to get over something like that," she said.

Romeo's ex-boyfriend, Corey Kradel, 24, of Beckford Street, New Castle, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days to 231/2 months in county jail and 24 months' probation in the case. Kradel was immediately paroled by the judge because he had spent seven months in jail waiting for trial.

A jury found him guilty in January of simple assault, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and theft by unlawful taking after a two-day trial in common pleas court.

Other charges: Jurors decided that Kradel was innocent of more serious charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of another person, robbery, robbery of a motor vehicle and two other simple assault charges.

Police arrested Kradel last April after Romeo told police that she had been abducted as she left work at the AT & amp;T Relay Center in New Castle. She said she was beaten, robbed and then left at an abandoned quarry in Shenango Township.

Kradel claims that the two met because Romeo owed him money and that they went to a nearby bank, where she opened an account, cashed a check and then left, according to his attorney, David Acker.

Kradel was also ordered to pay Romeo $135 in restitution as part of his sentence.




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