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Police accuse Somerset man of choking mother

| Friday, April 11, 2014, 4:06 p.m.

A Somerset County man grabbed his mother around the throat and choked her after they argued about him selling his television for marijuana, state police at Somerset said.

“‘How's it feel to die?” Joel Lepley, 20, of Boswell, said several times as he choked his 49-year-old mother, according to police.

The two started arguing about 6:40 p.m. Thursday at their home on Stonycreek Street, police said.

Lepley pushed his mother onto the front porch, then shoved her again, police said.

After the second shove, the mother suffered a “large laceration” near the left ear when her head hit a metal plant holder, police said. The gash required 17 stitches.

A witness took the mother to Somerset Hospital. She also may have suffered a concussion, authorities said.

Lepley was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment and was jailed in lieu of posting $25,000 bond.

He faces a preliminary hearing April 22 before Boswell District Judge Susan Mankamyer.

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