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Press Release - Plea of Heather Hardick

Release Date: June 05, 2019

June 5, 2019

     Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the entry of a guilty plea to an accusation before the Honorable Thomas J. Critchley Jr., J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on June 5, 2019 by Heather Hardick.
     Hardick, age 36, of Sussex, pled guilty to Shoplifting and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, both crimes of the third degree.  Sentencing is presently scheduled for June 21, 2019.
     The defendant admitted in August of 2018 she tried to take a shopping cart full of various items, without paying for them, from Franklin Walmart, but was stopped by security when she left the store.  She also admitted to being in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, without a valid prescription, during a motor vehicle stop by New Jersey State Police.
     Hardick was represented by Charles O’Connell, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.