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Monessen woman rejects plea deal, will stand trial

| Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 5:24 p.m.

A Monessen woman will stand trial for her alleged role in the attempted murder of a man outside his home in December 2012.

Samone Stepoli, 22, rejected a plea bargain on Tuesday that would have her serve one year on probation and six months on house arrest.

Stepoli was accused along with her two brothers and two other men of involvement in the attempted shooting of 19-year-old Jaisen Irwin in Monessen. Police contend Samone Stepoli drove the car that took the group to the scene of the shooting.

Defense attorney Patricia Elliott said Stepoli rejected a deal that would have dismissed the more serious felony charges she faces and in return was asked to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit simple assault.

“She believes she did not do anything wrong and wants to exercise her right to a trial,” Elliott said.

Stepoli's brothers, Joshua Stepoli, 20, and Terrance Stepoli, 21, along with Antoine Hairston, 20, all of Monessen, pleaded guilty on Monday to a charge of aggravated assault and were sentenced to 17 to 48 months in jail and one year on house arrest. All three were paroled because they have served their minimum sentences.

Earl Pinkney, 20, of Monessen is awaiting trial on charges in connection with the alleged attempt on Irwin.

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