WILKES-BARRE – An Edwardsville man charged with pouring chemicals on three people, causing burns, and stabbing one woman with a piece of glass pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges.
Jeremiah Hightower, 41, of Roosevelt Street, entered the plea to aggravated assault and burglary stemming from the March 2012 incident at Hilltop Apartments that resulted in a building being evacuated.
Hightower faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on the aggravated assault charge and 20 years on the burglary charge when he is sentenced on Aug. 31.
According to court papers, on March 15, 2012, Kim Malesinski told police Hightower had been in contact with her earlier in the day, asking her to have sex. When she refused, Hightower took her cellphone and left the apartment.
When Hightower returned, Malesinski, Mallory Corcoran and John DePrimo locked themselves in a bedroom in Malesinski’s apartment.
Hightower allegedly forced open the door and sat on Corcoran’s legs, slamming her head against the wall numerous times, according to court papers.
Malesinski told police Hightower left the bedroom and Corcoran called 911. Hightower returned to the bedroom, dousing the three with bleach and ammonia, which burned their eyes and skin.
Malesinski said Hightower then smashed a drinking glass and stabbed her in the chest with it, according to court papers.
Malesinski and Corcoran were treated at an area hospital.
Assistant District Attorney Michelle Hardik prosecuted the case Tuesday. Hightower is represented by attorney Anthony Moses.
Judge Michael Vough denied Moses’ request that his client be released on bail pending his sentencing hearing because of Hightower’s guilty plea and the nature of the charges.