September 12, 2017
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the entry of a guilty plea to accusations before the Honorable William J. McGovern III, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on September 11, 2017, by Travis Vannatter.
Vannatter, age 24 of Sparta, pled guilty to Conspiracy, Shoplifting, and Fencing, all fourth degree crimes. Sentencing is presently anticipated for October 20, 2017.
In pleading guilty the defendant admitted that he and his co-defendant agreed to and actually did take items valued at more than $200.00 from Weis and Walmart in Franklin on June 8, 2017, without paying for them. The defendant also admitted that he was involved in the sale of stolen jewelry valued at more than $200.00 on August 5, 2017, in Franklin.
The cases were investigated by Patrolman Daniel Flora of the Franklin Borough Police Department.
Vannatter was represented by Thomas Militano, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.