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Latrobe man gets up to 23 months for attacking grandparents

| Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Westmoreland County judge admonished a Latrobe man Monday before sentencing him for assaulting his grandparents.

“You should be absolutely ashamed,” Judge Rita Hathaway told Brandon Baradziej, 29. “These people raised you and you physically assaulted them.”

Baradziej was sentenced to six to 23 months in the Westmoreland County Prison.

Baradziej told Hathaway that he had lived with his grandparents since he was 9.

“I feel like sending you to state prison,” Hathaway said.

Baradziej pleaded guilty Monday in three separate assault cases. The victims were his grandparents, Earl Thuxall and Geraldine Thuxall, who are in their 70s, and his aunt's boyfriend, James Fyalkowski, 61.

According to court records, on June 2 Baradziej knocked his grandmother into a staircase at her Unity residence and damaged four tires on her vehicle.

Six days later, Baradziej punched Fyalkowski in the eye during a fight at Goodwill Hose Company 1.

On Oct. 30, Baradziej became irate when talking to his grandfather at his residence and punched him in the abdomen.

Police said Baradziej appeared intoxicated during each of the assaults.

Public Defender Matthew Schmizzi said Baradziej has completed an emotions-management program that addressed some anger-control issues.

Baradziej pleaded guilty to simple assault in each of the cases, as well as criminal mischief for damaging his grandmother's tires. He also pleaded guilty to harassment in the case involving his aunt's boyfriend.

Hathaway ordered that Baradziej have no contact with Fyalkowski and no abusive contact with his grandparents.

“You can have contact if and only if they want contact,” Hathaway said. “You cannot live with them, so don't even ask if you can live with them.”

“I am deeply disturbed by the fact that you assaulted your grandparents,” she said.

Baradziej was given credit for being jailed since Dec. 17.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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