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Pa. man sentenced for role in stealing a $50K gun from Space Farms

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to burglary and theft charges, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch.

Francesco Tassiello, 47, of Scranton was sentenced before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on April 29, Koch said.

Tassiello was sentenced to a five year term of probation with the conditions that he serve 90 days incarceration, pay restitution, comply with the standard probationary conditions and pay fines and fees, Koch said.

According to Koch, Tassiello admitted that on August 8, 2018, he entered into an agreement with Thomas John Trotta, Jr., to aide him in committing a burglary and theft from Space Farms. He then did assist Trotta by driving him to and from Space Farms where Tritta did in fact commit the crimes of burglary and theft and stole a firearm valued at over $50,000.

Tassiello pled guilty on September 1, 2020 to one count of third-degree burglary and one count of third-degree theft, Koch said.

Tassiello was represented by Thomas Militano, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Laura L. Nazzaro.


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