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September 13, 2012

Man gets probation after plea in 2010 threat case

EBENSBURG — A Dunlo man who pleaded no contest to three counts of attempted terroristic threats against a woman was placed on probation for 15 years.

Dustin Siplivy, 26, was initially charged by Johns­town police with rape of an unconscious woman in an incident Jan. 10, 2010, in the city’s Hornerstown section.

The woman told police said she had passed out while drinking and found the defendant on top of her when she awoke.

Judge Norman Krumenacker on Thursday ordered Siplivy to pay $3,600 in fines and fees, $1,374 restitution and other court costs. Siplivy, who had no prior criminal record, was ordered to have no contact with the woman.

Defense attorney Thomas Dickey said his client decided to enter the plea rather than risk conviction at trial. The defense was prepared to question the woman’s credibility, he said.

By entering the plea to terroristic threat charges, the defendant “has no time in jail, no felony conviction and no Megan’s law requirements,” Dickey said.

All three of the attempted terroristic threat charges are graded as misdemeanors.

Assistant District Attorney Beth Penna said that the woman “understands the appropriateness of the plea bargain. She originally planned to come (to court for the plea) but did not want to see him again.”

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