Judge Lesa Gelb will weigh release pending sentence appeal

Last updated: July 16. 2014 11:56PM - 3249 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County prosecutors have been ordered to appear before a judge this morning to explain why Leo A. Glodzik III should not be granted bail while an appeal of his prison sentence for theft is pending.
 
Luzerne County Judge Lesa Gelb will hold a hearing at 11:30 a.m. on a bail request filed Tuesday by Glodzik's attorney, Joseph Sklarosky Sr.
 
Gelb last week sentenced Glodzik to spend three to 12 months in county prison as punishment for his May 15 conviction on a felony theft charge. Glodzik is scheduled to report to prison by Friday morning.
 
Glodzik, 43, who worked as the city of Wilkes-Barre's exclusive towing contractor for nearly a decade, was arrested on May 31, 2013, on allegations that he stole what he believed to be $2,100 in seized drug money and then tried to share part of the cash with a state trooper who was posing as a “dirty” officer.
 
The city suspended Glodzik's $50,050 yearly contract the day he was arrested. It remains in limbo.
 
Sklarosky has argued that Glodzik received a more harsh sentence than many county defendants who stole larger amounts of money and yet received probation or home confinement.
 
In his motion, Sklarosky wrote that Glodzik plans to appeal the sentence, and because his sentence is less than two years, “he has the same right to bail as before verdict” under Pennsylvania rules of criminal procedure.
 
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