Isaiah Jennings, who admitted to role in murder, pleads guilty on forgery charges

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]
Isaiah Jennings, left, and Robert Rodriguez, as they were seen being escorted into the Luzerne County Courthouse in July. Ed Lewis | Times Leader Isaiah Jennings, left, and Robert Rodriguez, as they were seen being escorted into the Luzerne County Courthouse in July. Ed Lewis | Times Leader -

WILKES-BARRE — After pleading guilty to a homicide last month, a guilty plea on a forgery charge is a comparatively minor problem for Isaiah Jennings. Still, though, it could spell an additional few years in prison.

Jennings, 21, appeared on Thursday before Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr., joined by his attorney Allyson Kacmarski, on charges stemming from a November 2017 incident, when police say he wrote a check out to himself from another individual’s checkbook, and then used his debit card to withdraw funds.

Jennings entered guilty pleas on counts of forgery in connection with the incident on Thursday.

In July, Jennings pleaded guilty to one count each of third-degree murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, charges stemming from the Feb. 7, 2018, murder of Trevor Oliver, which police said was orchestrated by Robert Rodriguez, 24.

Rodriguez recruited Jennings to rob Oliver of drugs and cash, police said.

Rodriguez entered the house when Oliver’s girlfriend, Vanessa Batista, 40, opened the door. Batista was familiar with Rodriguez who once worked with Oliver.

After several minutes of talking, Rodriguez fired multiple rounds at Batista and turned the gun at Oliver, who was standing in the kitchen.

Oliver died several days later on Feb. 12, 2018, when Rodriguez and Jennings were arrested. Batista survived her injuries.

Sklarosky, accepting Jennings’ guilty plea on the forgery charges, scheduled him to be sentenced on them on Sept. 2, the same time he’s sentenced on the homicide charge.

Rodriguez pleaded guilty to a homicide charge, along with additional charges stemming from his non-fatal shooting of tattoo artist Lamont Garcia, whom Rodriguez felt botched a tattoo job. Sklarosky sentenced Rodriguez in July to spend a total of between 24 years and nine months to 57 years in state prison.

Isaiah Jennings, left, and Robert Rodriguez, as they were seen being escorted into the Luzerne County Courthouse in July. Ed Lewis | Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/web1_rodriguez.jpgIsaiah Jennings, left, and Robert Rodriguez, as they were seen being escorted into the Luzerne County Courthouse in July. Ed Lewis | Times Leader

By Patrick Kernan

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

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