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WILKES-BARRE — Pittston resident Francis Anthony Lombardo faces up to a dozen years behind bars after being sentenced Wednesday in connection with seven different criminal cases spread over several years.


Lombardo, 43, pleaded guilty to a string of offenses ranging from burglary and theft to terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.


Judge Richard M. Hughes III sentenced Lombardo to a term of six to 12 years in state prison, with credit for 472 days of time already served.


Lombardo’s crimes, according to court documents, included:


• On Sept. 21, 2010, police found Lombardo sitting in the road in West Pittston. The stumbling, incoherent Lombardo spit at officers and EMTs, struggled and threatened to kill them and their families as they were taking him to a hospital.


• In November 2010, Lombardo was involved in a series of domestic incidents at his parents’ home in Jenkins Township in which he was verbally and physically abusive with relatives, according to police. He also stole a silver Mercedes belonging to his father, Joseph, and led police on a wild chase.


• On Oct. 28, 2011, he nearly struck a worker while speeding through a construction zone in Pittston, knocking over orange cones as he went, later colliding with a wall.


• In November 2011, he was involved in another domestic at the family home, and nearly struck a police officer when he drove off in the silver Mercedes.


• On April 30, 2013, Lombardo kicked in a man’s door and assaulted him. When police tried to take him into custody, he unleashed a fury of biting, spitting and kicking despite being shocked with a Taser. He was taken away with legs cuffed and a towel over his mouth.


Lombardo must make restitution to a number of individuals, including unspecified restitution to his father for damage to the Mercedes.


He must undergo a mental-health evaluation in prison and will be subject to 12 years probation after release, Hughes ruled.


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