Lewistown man pleads guilty to reckless endangerment

LEWISTOWN — A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty to two criminal counts on Tuesday and is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

Michael A. Pardo-Myers, of Lewistown, pleaded guilty before President Judge David Barron to recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. Barron ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled Pardo-Myers for sentencing on May 16.

The victim was present in the courtroom and tearfully requested Barron lift the no-contact provision of Pardo-Myers’ bail so that she could visit Pardo-Myers while he is at Mifflin County Correctional Facility. Barron granted the victim’s request, but advised her that MCCF may have its own conditions with regard to visitation.

Pardo-Myers was charged in January with a total of seven criminal counts, court documents state. Documents indicate that Pardo-Myers was arguing with the victim on Jan. 1 about leaving an apartment they were both visiting. The victim told police that Pardo-Myers got into her face, so she shoved him backward. Pardo-Myers responded by punching her repeatedly, shoving her against the wall, placing his hand around her throat and applying pressure to her throat. The victim said she was unable to breathe and almost passed out, according to court documents. Eventually, Pardo-Myers let go of the victim and left, court documents indicate.

The victim told police she was six weeks pregnant at the time of the incident and expressed concern for the welfare of her unborn child. Documents indicate the victim was taken to Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital for evaluation. Police reported observing a small laceration inside the victim’s lip.

Two witnesses corroborated the victim’s account of what occurred, according to court documents. Documents indicate Pardo-Myers recalled arguing with the victim and being shoved by the victim but did not remember anything else that happened prior to his leaving the apartment he had been visiting because he “blacked out” and “lost it.”

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