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Press Release - Plea of Nicholas DeGroat
Release Date: January 12, 2017


January 10, 2017

     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 January 10, 2017 by Nicholas DeGroat.

     DeGroat, age 37, of Franklin, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Shoplifting, a crime of the third degree.  Sentencing is presently scheduled for February 24, 2017.

     The defendant admitted that in January of 2016 he conspired with a co-defendant to shoplift over $1400.00 worth of merchandise at the Franklin Weis Supermarket, including over-the-counter pharmacy items.

     DeGroat was represented by Janine Cerra, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.


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