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Posted on: March 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Attempted Homicide Leads to State Prison Sentence

announces the following case addressed by the Honorable Janine Edwards, 

Wayne County President Judge Janine Edwards sentenced a Waymart man to up to to years in prison for attempted homicide.

Wayne County District Attorney A.G. Howell said Jesse Skates, 30, of Waymart was sentenced to a State Correctional Institution for 8 years to 20 years after for previously pleading guilty to Criminal Attempt – Homicide, a first degree felony. He was also ordered pay the cost of prosecution and restitution. 

On December 4, 2019, at approximately 1:40 am, Skates broke a window to gain entry into the victim’s residence. Mr. Skates shot a second victim with a small caliber rifle, assaulted the victim with a pocket knife and bit the victim. Mr. Skates fled the scene. Responding troopers encountered the vehicle on Elk Lake Drive and took Mr. Skates into custody after a brief pursuit. 

District Attorney Howell stated, “This attack has been gut wrenching for the victims and their families. The sentence set by Judge Edwards is an appropriate sentence that addresses accountability and punishment for defendant’s actions, and provides a lengthy supervision of the defendant upon parole.”

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