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JUSTIN KOWALEWSKI

A 30-year-old Factoryville man faces as much as 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines after pleading guilty to four burglaries that were part of a much larger crime spree in the summer of 2015.

Justin Michael Kowalewski appeared before President Judge Russell Shurtleff and accepted partial responsibility for a crime spree across the region in which he and two others – Timothy Hannigan and James Skaluba – took part.

Although Kowalewski pleaded guilty to only four burglaries, he alone had 21 open cases in Wyoming County – two of which were transferred from Lackawanna County and two from Susquehanna.

Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said that the other cases involving Kowalewski would not be prosecuted at the time he gets sentenced in the four cases for which he accepted responsibility.

Mitchell said that Kowalewski is, however, responsible for paying restitution to all the places law enforcement was able to identify he had a role.

The businesses plundered included Harding’s Dairy Bar in Tunkhannock Township, Smith’s Country Store in Beaumont, and the New Shoe Store Plus in Eaton Township.

Law enforcement pieced the case together fairly quickly from video surveillance which pinpointed a specific vehicle.

Judge Shurtleff said Kowalewski would be sentenced at a later date.

Pleas entered Wednesday:

*Stacy Marie Antoniotti, 36, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to criminal use of a communication facility on Sep. 17, 2015.

*James Louis Barber, 59, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to obstructing administration of law on Feb. 5, 2016.

*Todd Roger Benson, 42, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Jan. 27.

*Evan Drew Bolthouse, 18 of Girard, pleaded guilty to indecent assault on Oct. 1, 2016.

*Storm Neil Borgeson, 24, of Springville, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver on Aug. 16, 2016.

*James Robert Brown, 23, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on Sept. 3, 2016.

*Courtney Elizabeth Casterline, 22, of Monroe Township, pleaded guiltry to theft by unlawful taking on Feb. 25.

*Joseph J. Clark Jr., 27, of Newfoundland, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance, third offense, on Dec. 30, 2016.

*Frances Patricia Cook, 64, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to false swearing on April 10.

*Raymond Arthur Coolbaugh, 36, of Montrose, pleaded guilty to retail theft on Feb. 20.

*Ashleigh Dempster, 21, of Bronx, N.Y., pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance on Nov. 6, 2016.

*Rebecca Dempster, 21, of Boonton, N.J., pleaded guilty to bad checks on Aug. 17, 2016.

*Steven G. Fournier, 30, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to possessing red phosphorous with intent to manufacture controlled substances on Dec. 3, 2016.

*Bailey Janice Hansen, 30, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver on Nov. 22, 2015; and receiving stolen property on Jan. 29, 2016. She was immediately sentenced to 16-60 months in state prison for the first charge and 14-60 months in state prison for the second charge, to be served consecutively. Both sentence were suspended so she could enter 30 months in Wyoming County Treatment Court.

*Matthew Alex Karpinski, 39, of Ewing, N.J., pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on Oct. 21, 2016.

*Justin Michael Kowalewski, 30, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to burglary on July 9, 2015; to burglary on Aug. 10, 2015; to burglary on Aug. 4, 2015; and to burglary on July 18, 2015.

*Richard Michael Lloyd, 28, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment by prisoner on Feb. 11.

*Heather Cortland Lobdell, 26, of Great Bend, pleaded guilty to simple assault on Feb. 25; and to resisting arrest on Feb. 25.

*Nicholas Matthew Manley, 27, of Montrose, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on March 5.

*Jamie Lea Morrison, 31, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance, second offense, on Oct. 29, 2016; and to providing drug-free urine on March 16. She was immediately sentenced to 12-60 months in state prison on the first charge and 12 months probation on the second one, with both sentence suspended so she could enter 30 months in the Wyoming County Treatment Court.

*Robert Frederick Otto Jr., 43, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on July 5, 2014; and to risking catastrophe on March 28, 2016.

*Brian Robert Patts, 33, of Pittston, pleaded guilty to harassment on Feb. 16.

*Ismael Retamar, 40, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to retail theft on Sept. 17, 2014; and to retail theft on Aug. 12, 2015.

*Tylor Shaun Rumsey, 23, of Blossburg, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit receiving stolen property on April 24.

*Leo Olin Singer, 53, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Jan. 23.

*John Wayne Smith Jr., 43, of Falls, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on April 15, 2016.

*Shane Frank Stevens, 41, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Nov. 23, 2016; and to recklessly endangering another person on Nov. 23, 2016.

*Brett Allen Sutton, 30, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Dec. 27, 2015; and to possession with intent to deliver on June 23, 2015.

*Sammy Uribe, 19, of Lawrenceville, Ga., pleaded guilty to criminal mischief on March 8.