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Derry man pleads guilty to stealing AK-47 from bedroom

Rich Cholodofsky
| Thursday, June 28, 2018, 3:48 p.m.
Cole Wano of Derry Township.
Cole Wano of Derry Township.
Derry's Cole Wano rests after his 120-lb match against Belle Vernon during the Franklin Regional Duals on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.
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Derry's Cole Wano rests after his 120-lb match against Belle Vernon during the Franklin Regional Duals on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

A Derry Township man will serve up to five years in prison for stealing a high-powered assault rifle from the bedroom of a Salem Township home nearly two years ago.

Cole Wano, 20, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy and burglary charges related to the November 2016 gun theft.

β€œI made a lot of bad choices during my adult life,” Wano told Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Rita Hathaway. β€œIt hurts me most that I will be leaving my family. I made these choices and I have been living not such as great life for a little while now,”

Wano, a former high school wrestling champion, has been in an out of jail several times during the last year.

Assistant District Attorney Jim Lazar said Wano had been cited for poor behavior at the jail eight times during the last several months.

Wano was previously sentenced to probation in January for an incident last year in which he was accused of firing a pistol into a floor during a party.

He was charged last year with crawling through a window to steal an AK-47 that the weapon's owner showed him earlier that night.

Hathaway sentenced Wano to serve 2 1/2- to -5 years in prison for stealing the weapon. She then revoked his probation for the previous gun conviction and resentenced him to a concurrent prison term.

Wano also pleaded guilty to unrelated charges of retail theft and receiving stolen property.

Defense attorney Ken Noga said Wano is scheduled to appear Friday before Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio when he is expected to plead guilty to drug charges in connection to allegations that he smuggled prescription medication in the county jail earlier this year.

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