March 1, 2016
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the entry of a guilty plea to an accusation before the Honorable William J. McGovern, III, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on February 29, 2016 by Waldimir Maldonado.
Maldonado, age 37, of Pleasant Valley, New York, pled guilty to third degree Theft. Sentencing is presently scheduled for April 8, 2016.
The defendant admitted that in June of 2013 he entered Michael’s Jewelers in Franklin pretending to be a prospective customer. While the staff was putting jewelry away for the night he grabbed a bag of jewelry and fled the store.
Maldonado was represented by Janine Cerra, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.