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March 29, 2013

Crump brothers sentenced in fight over alleged paternity dispute

MEADVILLE — Two Meadville brothers have been sentenced in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas for their roles in a fight at a Vernon Township home last fall.

Derrick E. Crump, 22, of 416 Pine St., Meadville, will serve an aggregated sentence of 30 days to 12 months in county jail followed by three years of probation while Erick D. Crump, 21, also of 416 Pine St., was sentenced to time already served.

Both men were sentenced Wednesday by Judge John Spataro after each had entered guilty pleas in county court last month, according to court records.

Derrick Crump pleaded guilty Feb. 25 to three counts of simple assault and one count of criminal mischief while Erick D. Crump pleaded guilty Feb. 21 to a charge of disorderly conduct.

Vernon Township Police filed charges against both men over a fight before 8 a.m. Oct. 13, 2012, at a Middle Road home in Vernon Township that involved another man, two women and an 8-month-old child. Questions over the paternity of a child are what allegedly sparked the fight.

Police initially charged Derrick Crump with one count each of aggravated assault and concealing the whereabouts of a child; three counts of simple assault; two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief; and four counts each of recklessly endangering another person and harassment.

Those charges against Derrick Crump were reduced to three counts of simple assault and one count of criminal mischief in a plea bargain with the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office.

Judge Spataro ordered Derrick Crump to serve 30 days to 12 months followed by one year of probation on two counts of simple assault with those sentences to run concurrently followed by two years probation for the remaining simple assault and criminal mischief charges. The sentences for the one simple assault and criminal mischief charge will run concurrently. Crump was given 18 days credit toward his sentence.

Derrick Crump also was ordered to pay restitution, $400 in fines plus court costs.

Erick Crump initially was charged by Vernon Township Police with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child; one count of concealing the whereabouts of a child, simple assault and harassment; and four counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Those charges were reduced to disorderly conduct in a plea bargain with the DA’s Office. Erick Crump was sentenced by Judge Spataro to serve 18 days to 12 months in county jail with 18 days credit and paroled. He also was sentenced to pay court costs and a $200 fine.

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