Latrobe man makes plea deal in attack on boy, 2, holding his mother captive
By Rich Cholodofsky
Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A Latrobe man pleaded guilty on Friday to charges that he took his former girlfriend captive and assaulted her young child last year.
Corey Wojcik, 23, told Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway he wanted to put an end to the case.
“I just want to get this out of the way and I feel it's in my best interest,” Wojcik said of his guilty plea.
As part of the plea bargain, the prosecution dropped more serious felony charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault.
Wojcik pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor charges of unlawful restraint and simple assault.
Police contended that in October Wojcik violently grabbed his girlfriend's 2-year-old son. The boy suffered a bruise that extended from his face to his collarbone, police said.
A month later, police charged Wojcik with kidnapping and assaulting the boy's mother, 27-year-old Jasmine Anderson.
According to court records, Anderson contended Wojcik grabbed her around the throat and choked her until she passed out on Thanksgiving Day.
Anderson awoke to Wojcik screaming at her before he pushed her against a wall, police said.
Wojcik grabbed Anderson's car keys, took her son, who had been sleeping, and placed him in the car seat of Anderson's vehicle. He then drove away with Anderson and her son in the car, according to police.
The incident ended when Wojcik arrived at his mother's home in Bradenville. His mother eventually persuaded him to let Anderson and her son go, according to police.
Hathaway sentenced Wojcik to serve three years on probation and six months of house arrest.
Assistant District Attorney John Petrush said the deal was made necessary by the prosecution's evidence problems with the case.
Anderson died in February. According to her obituary, she suffered from a heart condition.
“This was our way to recognize the evidentiary realities while also dealing with the case as seriously as it deserves,” Petrush said.
Despite his probation sentence, Wojcik will remain in jail, at least for now.
He is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail in connection with charges related to a family fight in June.
Wojcik is scheduled to appear before Derry Township District Judge Mark Bilik for a preliminary hearing July 10.
Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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