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March 16. 2013 11:39PM
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WILKES-BARRE -- A Hanover Township man who repeatedly stabbed his girlfriend was sentenced Monday to 7½ to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $120,000 in restitution.


Joseph Dunaj, 28, of Luzerne, was charged in March with stabbing Lisa Scoffone inside her apartment at the Marion Terrace apartment complex.


According to police, Dunaj forced his way into Scoffone's apartment by smashing a window and stabbed Scoffone multiple times in the head, face and torso. Scoffone had to have the knife surgically removed from her head.


Dunaj pleaded guilty in November to one count of aggravated assault. Prosecutors agreed to withdraw a second aggravated assault charge and other charges, burglary, criminal trespass, simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment.


In addition to the prison sentence, Luzerne County Judge David Lupas ordered Dunaj to pay $112,051 in restitution to the DPW to reimburse it for Scoffone's medical bills. He was also ordered to pay at least $1,200 in restitution to Scoffone.


The county's probation department was ordered to verify an additional $6,000 in restitution sought by Scoffone.


WILKES-BARRE – A Plains Township man who was convicted of selling crack cocaine and heroin to an undercover informant was sentenced Friday to five to 10 years in prison.


Leon Berry, 41, of Second Street, was charged in January with three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance after the Luzerne County Drug Task Force searched his home and found a large quantity of heroin and the designer drug Ecstasy.


Berry was convicted of all charges following a jury trial in November. Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb imposed the sentence.




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