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WILKES-BARRE — A man from Pittston accused of throwing a spider at a Pittston police officer was sentenced Monday in Luzerne County Court.


Judge Fred Pierantoni III sentenced Joseph R. Thomas, 52, of Mill Street, to 30 months to five years in state prison on charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats and resisting arrest. Thomas was also ordered to serve 12 months probation and was given credit for 390 days time served in jail.


Pittston police investigated a disturbance at 34 Mill St. on Oct. 25, 2012, and encountered Thomas on a front porch.


Thomas told the officer, ‘Look at my bug,” and threw a spider at the officer, according to the criminal complaint.


Police said Thomas fought with officers when he was arrested.

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