Criminal arguments heard
Public Defender Alan Conn presented arguments to Judge Maureen Skerda on Friday, seeking to modify sentences or bail amounts for six defendants. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Feronti, representing the commonwealth, provided counter arguments to the motions.
Conn opened with a motion request for early re-entry eligibility for Tiffani Czech, who is serving time in the Warren County Jail for a probation violation, and Skerda granted the motion.
Conn then noted that the sentence for Stephen F. McMunn was in the high end of the sentencing range, and Feronti countered that she was most disturbed that McMunn was cutting out pictures of teenagers from the newspaper and circling their names. She said that he has continued sexually violent predator behavior even while he has been in jail. Skerda ruled that that a sentence in the aggravated range is appropriate.
Daniel S. Muzzy had entered a guilty plea on a charge of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, and was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in a state correctional facility, and he thought that was excessive, according to Conn.
Feronti noted that the maximum could be 40 years, something that was not brought up at his sentencing.
Skerda indicated that the court may vacate the sentence, and Muzzy could withdraw his guilty plea. She then instructed Conn to “speak with (Muzzy) face-to-face,” and find out what he wanted to do.
Conn introduced a motion to modify bail for Nathan Dean Gregory Rounds, who was bound over for court on one count of involuntary deviate intercourse with a child, and one count each of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault with a complainant less than 13 years old and indecent exposure.
Skerda asked Feronti what Rounds bail amount is, and when Feronti replied that it was an unsecured $10,000, the judge denied the motion,
Travis Stover of Youngsville was on parole for false identification to a police officer when it was revoked. Feronti noted that he had been given the benefit of parole, and it was revoked because of a violation. Conn’s motion to reinstate the parole was denied by Skerda.
Conn asked Skerda to reconsider a sentence for Shannon Wolfe Sr. Wolfe was arrested for probation violation on charges of indecent assault of a person less than 13 years old. His sentence was 16 to 32 months in a state correctional facility, followed by two years of probation.
Feronti opposed the reconsideration because Wolfe violated the no contact with minors and sexual counseling conditions of his probation.
Skerda said she agreed with the prosecution that it was a flagrant violation and denied Conn’s motion.