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MERCER COUNTY Man sentenced for '96 escape



Published: Fri, April 26, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



A Greenville woman was sentenced for four separate offenses.

By MARY GRZEBIENIAK

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

MERCER, Pa. -- A Newville, Pa., man will go to prison for his 1996 escape from George Junior Republic detention center in Grove City.

Jacob Petty, 22, was one of three people sentenced by Judge Francis Fornelli of Mercer County Common Pleas Court recently. Petty got 18 months to six years in prison for robbery.

In May, 1996, he and two other youths escaped from the detention center and robbed a farmer at knife point of $100 and his car keys. All three were eventually apprehended.

Petty was originally sentenced to one to two years in prison to be followed by five years' probation for robbery, theft by unlawful taking, and escape, all felonies.

Petty's probation was revoked in October 2000 and he was ordered into an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment program to be followed by a stay in a halfway house.

This past February, his probation was revoked again because of new charges brought against him in Shippensburg, Pa., including disorderly conduct, simple assault, making false reports to a law enforcement officer and public drunkenness.

Several offenses

A Greenville woman was also given concurrent jail terms for several offenses.

Denise Grisetti, 23, of Clinton Street was sentenced to one to two years less one day and ordered to make restitution for selling heroin to an informant last August.

She was also sentenced to one to six months to be served concurrently for fleeing the scene of an accident in which two elderly women were injured.

Last Oct. 11, Grisetti's auto struck another at Stambaugh Avenue and East Connelly Boulevard in Sharon, forcing the other auto into a utility pole. Two women inside suffered minor injuries.

Grisetti was apprehended when a witness followed her car and obtained the license number. She was also ordered to make restitution.

Grisetti was also resentenced on two earlier convictions for which she had received probation because she since violated probation terms by testing positive for heroin and not complying with counseling and aftercare requirements.

She was sentenced to nine months to two years less one day for felony receiving stolen property for a September 2000 offense and was ordered to make restitution.

She was also ordered to make restitution for the October 2000 theft of a computer from a West Salem Township residence, and the term of her probation for that offense was increased from two to five years.

Another sentence

Also sentenced was James Truman, 23, of Sherman Avenue, Sharon, to 12 days to two years for selling marijuana to an informant in December 1999. The offense is a felony.




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