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Two plead guilty to harassment Tuesday

LEWISTOWN — Two defendants, charged in connection to an April assault of three juveniles, have each pleaded guilty and were sentenced Tuesday.

Kelly Casner, 19, of Lewistown, pleaded guilty in the Mifflin County Court of Common Pleas to one summary count harassment, while court documents state Trevor Taylor, 18, of Lewistown, pleaded guilty to a non-traffic citation of harassment in Magisterial District Court on May 31. Casner was sentenced by Judge Aaron Gingrich to pay a fine of $250, as well as over $380 in court costs and Taylor was sentenced by Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Reed to pay over $430 in total court costs.

According to court documents, Taylor and Casner were charged with summary harassment and hindering apprehension after they, along with 25-year-old Tyler Taylor, of Lewistown, and 18-year-old Mackenzie Wagner, of Milroy, approached three juvenile females while the females were walking home from the Embassy Fair in Lewistown.

One of the females immediately identified Tyler Taylor and Casner, having previously been acquainted with each of them, court documents state. The accuser told police Tyler Taylor and Wagner exited their vehicle and began taunting the females to fight, which the accusers refused to do.

The accuser said a loud exchange ensued between Tyler Taylor, Wagner and one of the other females, then Tyler Taylor became aggressive with the other female, prompting the third female to step between them. Tyler Taylor reportedly began assaulting both females, first the one who came the other’s aide, then the other with Wagner, court documents indicate. Documents state Trevor Taylor separated Tyler Taylor and Wagner from the assault and the three returned to the vehicle and drove away.

The third female refused treatment for her injuries, court documents state. Police interviewed the other assaulted female at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital, who sustained several injuries and confirmed the incident.

Police later located Casner’s vehicle in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store and observed both Casner and Trevor Taylor in the vehicle. Police spoke to Casner, who said that she had dropped Tyler Taylor and Wagner off “at the top of the Manor,” but did not know at which apartment they were staying because they “just moved in,” court documents state.

The cases against Wagner and Tyler Taylor are still active and awaiting disposition, said Mifflin County District Attorney Christopher Torquato. Tyler Taylor is scheduled for a preliminary hearing today before Judge Reed and Wagner is scheduled for Miscellaneous Criminal Court on June 25 before President Judge David Barron.

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