WILKES-BARRE — A Nanticoke man charged with assaulting a former fellow Oplinger Towers resident over the use of laundry machines was sentenced Thursday to at least 15 days in county prison.
Jeff Lynn Myers, 55, of Garfield Street, was sentenced to 15 days to 12 months in county prison for simple assault after police said he assaulted another man who Myers believed used the machines out of turn.
“I can’t express to you what this has done to our lives,” said Marie Sadowski, whose husband Benjamin was pushed by Myers, according to police. Marie Sadowski said her husband has incurred medical expenses and will continue to need medical treatment, and the incident has affected them financially.
“It was over something silly,” Marie Sadowski said.
On March 25, police were called to the East Main Street apartment complex for the report of an assault. When they arrived, police observed Benjamin Sadowski on the floor in the hallway.
Benjamin Sadowski reported he had been pushed by a neighbor.
Marie Sadowski told police she and her husband were using the laundry room on the building’s third floor when they saw a note that the machine was to be next used by one of their neighbors. Marie Sadowski went to the neighbor’s apartment, Myers’, to notify him they were not done using the machines when Myers reportedly became angry and “stormed” down a hallway, yelling at Benjamin Sadowski.
Myers approached Benjamin Sadowski, yelling profanities, and shoved him, according to police.
Benjamin Sadowski suffered a hip injury, court papers state.
Police spoke with Myers, who said he went to the Sadowskis to tell them he was next to use the machines, and confronted Benjamin Sadowski in the hallway.
Police watched a surveillance video of the incident, which allegedly showed the incident as Marie Sadowski explained.
Myers was scheduled to stand trial on charges in April, but instead entered a guilty plea to the simple assault charge.
Judge Fred Pierantoni said Myers must undergo a mental health and anger management evaluation, comply with any treatment and complete 15 hours of community service. Myers also must report this morning to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility to begin serving his sentence.