Man Sentenced to Time Served for Vandalism, Awaits Trial in Elk County on Assault Charges

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A man who was sentenced to time served on vandalism charges for two incidents at Jefferson County Jail last year remains in jail, awaiting a trial on assault charges filed in Elk County.

Court documents indicate President Judge John H. Foradora sentenced 31-year-old Philip Bradley Wolfel to a maximum of two years less one day confinement followed by one day of probation on two second-degree misdemeanor counts of institutional vandalism on June 19, immediately after Wolfel entered guilty pleas on both counts.

As a result of the plea agreement, one second-degree count of criminal mischief was dismissed.

Wolfel received full credit for time served; however, he remains lodged in the Jefferson County Jail, awaiting a jury trial scheduled for August 8, 2019, on second-degree felony strangulation, second-degree misdemeanor simple assault, and summary harassment charges filed last year in Elk County.

Details of the cases:

December 2018

According to a criminal complaint, on December 3, 2018, Punxsutawney-based State Police were notified by Jefferson County Jail that inmate Philip Wolfel damaged one of the security cameras.

Trooper Lowry, of the Punxsutawney-based State Police, then interviewed Deputy Warden Dustin Myers.

According to the complaint, Deputy Warden Myers explained that Wolfel broke a camera bracket inside his jail cell and showed him the security footage, which showed Wolfel striking the camera numerous times before he was contained. The damage to the bracket was estimated at a cost of $50.00.

January 2019

According to a second complaint, on January 14, 2019, Trooper Suprano, of the Punxustanwey-based State Police, was assigned to investigate another incident of vandalism and criminal mischief that occurred at the Jefferson County Jail.

Video surveillance footage was then obtained from the jail.

According to the complaint, the footage showed Philip Wolfel continually throwing his hard plastic meal tray at his cell block, and the initial throw of the tray could be seen hitting the bottom right corner of the window, causing it to break. Following the initial throw, Wolfel continued to throw the tray against the door until he was contained by a corrections officer.

The complaint notes the Wolfel confessed to throwing the tray, and the cost of repair and replacement was estimated at $1,000.00.

Criminal History

Court documents indicate Wolfel has a lengthy criminal history in the region, having served jail time for arson, criminal mischief, theft, and retail theft.


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