Woman who pleaded guilty to shoving girl to be released

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — After serving a bit more than six months of a four- to 20-month stint for violently shoving a 12-year-old girl outside of a convenience store, Marlenea Uravage will be paroled.

This comes via an order signed by Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas on Wednesday.

The order says the 30-year-old Nanticoke woman will be released from prison on Thursday. She is ordered to immediately appear at the Luzerne County Adult Probation and Parole Department in the county’s Penn Place Building after her release.

Uravage initially made headlines in late May 2017 when she was accused of pushing then 12-year-old Presley Keeney outside the Quick Stop convenience mart in Wilkes-Barre.

The girl was shoved so hard, her head almost struck the store’s door as she was sent sprawling. The attack came shortly after the girl was speaking to a man outside the store. Video footage of the incident went viral locally.

She fled from the scene and was arrested by local law enforcement and U.S. Marshals in Nanticoke more than two weeks after the incident.

Uravage pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of simple assault in October, but failed to appear to her original sentencing — despite being in the courthouse during the scheduled sentencing.

Her failure landed her back in jail, while she tearfully explained that she was at the courthouse to get custody papers from the prothonotary’s office.

Lupas ultimately imposed a sentence of four to 20 months in prison, with 53 days credit for time served.

Attached to Lupas’ Wednesday order was Uravage’s initial application for parole. On it, she indicated that she plans on residing at the Graniteville House of Recovery in Sweet Valley. She plans on seeking employment, noting that she was previously employed as a cosmetologist.

The girl’s mother, Chere Fuller, previously said she is worried about the longterm impact the incident will have on the child, saying it has left her with trouble sleeping and fear of walking alone.

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By Patrick Kernan

[email protected]

Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan

Reach Patrick Kernan at 570-991-6386 or on Twitter @PatKernan