HONESDALE—Judge Raymond Hamill sentenced Moses McCrary III, 21, of Lackawaxen, to a period of 31 months to ten years in a State Correctional Institute Thursday morning, states a release from the District Attorney's (DA) office.
McCrary plead guilty to Robbery, a felony of the first degree, and Resisting Arrest, a misdemeanor of the second degree, on September 6.
The release states that McCrary, along with Ryan Karpovich, and Zack Williams broke into an apartment being rented by Andrew Zuidema and Kayla Carper by smashing the residence's sliding glass door with the butt of a shotgun.
The trio entered the Texas Township residence shortly before 5 a.m. on February 13 wearing dark clothes and masks.
Carper and Zuidema were home along with Carper's friend Stephanie Zeiser and two minor children when McCrary, Karpovich and Williams forcibly entered, brandishing a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a long gun later identified by police as a pellet rifle, and a baseball bat in search of money and controlled substances.
DA Janine Edwards stated “This is a perfect example of the dangers that follow drug dealing.
“Marijuana drug dealing is not a victimless crime. Here McCrary endangered two children and at least two innocent bystanders.”
Edwards elaborated, stating that such crimes involving firearms used to evoke mandatory minimum sentences as punishment.
“There is currently action to reinstated mandatory minimums when a firearm is used in a crime,” said Edwards.
Describing how the crime commenced, the release states Zeiser was sleeping on the couch when the trio of thugs burst through the door. She immediately began to scream, Karpovich holding her at gunpoint with the pellet gun, which drew the attention of Carper who raced downstairs.
As the release states “When Carper got downstairs Karpovich pointed the long gun directly in Carper’s face, between her eyes.”
The two women fled upstairs “... both being in fear of serious bodily injury...” states the release.
Though the shotgun was loaded, the release explains there was “no direct evidence” that it was pointed at Carper or Zeiser.
According to the release, a warrant for McCrary's arrest was issued roughly two weeks later, on February 28.
Several Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) arrived at the defendant's residence to serve the warrant, at which point McCrary fled.
Trooper Brett Ast pursued, yelling “State Police. Stop” and “Moses State Police. Stop.”
PSP troopers caught up with McCrary after a few hundred yards, again repeating their orders for him to comply. The defendant refused.
According to the DA's release “Trooper Ast, who was in full uniform, then approached the Defendant, who then took a swing at Ast with a closed fist, which Ast blocked.
“Then the Defendant grabbed Ast by the uniform and attempted to shove him.
“Trooper Ast then used his taser and hand strikes to force the Defendant into compliance in order to effect a lawful arrest.”
—Information from a release was used in this story.