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September 30. 2013 11:50PM
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WILKES-BARRE – A Hazleton man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of another man in August 2009 has received personal property from police – including a license to carry firearms.


Johan Pujols, 26, who has since been released from jail, was convicted after a February 2011 trial and sentenced a month later to 2 ½ to 5 years in state prison.


Prosecutors say Pujols was charged in an Aug. 1, 2009, shooting in which police said he fired multiple shots from a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, killing Yeury Manuel Colon, 25, and injuring Luis Perez-Rodriguez, then 23, outside Club 570 on Stockton Road in Hazleton.


Pujols’ attorney, Joseph Sklarosky Sr., filed court papers earlier this month asking to have belongings returned to Pujols that were taken during search warrants, now that Pujols has served the minimum sentence and has been placed on parole.


Those items include $1,960, jewelry, a gold Rolex watch, a license to carry firearms, a sword, a knife and sneakers.


Sklarosky wrote his client is the owner of a pawn shop on Alter Street in the city, and the items taken in the search warrant were from Pujols’ West First Street home and his business.


A hearing had been scheduled for Monday morning but was no longer needed because the items Pujols requested had already been returned to him.




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