West Hazleton woman sentenced on robbery, endangerment charges

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A West Hazleton woman who pleaded guilty in April to her role in a robbery and child endangerment charges has been sentenced to a total of four years on probation.

Michele Skoutelakis, 29, appeared before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough on Tuesday, who imposed the sentence.

Skoutelakis previously admitted that she, along with Benito Guzman, 39, robbed the Donut Connection on North Broad Street in West Hazleton in February 2016.

According to police, she and Guzman entered the store, claimed they had a gun and demanded cash. They got away with an unspecified amount of money, taking a customer’s cell phone on the way out.

She and Guzman were also charged with unrelated counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She pleaded guilty to two such misdemeanor charges.

Vough sentenced Skoutelakis to serve two years on probation on each count of endangerment, which will be served consecutively.

On the counts of robbery and theft by unlawful taking, the judge gave her credit for 735 days of time served at the Clarks Summit State Hospital.

Court records show co-defendant Guzman entered guilty pleas to the charges against him in December 2016, and he was sentenced to 10 to 22 months in prison and two years on probation.


By Patrick Kernan

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