Meadville Tribune

August 5, 2013

No-contest plea for Vernon car wash theft

Meadville Tribune

MEADVILLE — A Meadville man has pleaded no contest in connection with the theft of more than $20,000 from a Vernon Township business last December.

Timothy Daly Sr., 45, of 701 Ravine St., entered a no-contest plea to a charge of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received before President Judge Anthony Vardaro in Crawford County Court of Common Pleas on Thursday.

On March 11, Daly was charged by Vernon Township Police with taking $20,448.03 from the All American Car Wash in Vernon Township between Dec. 22 and 28, 2012. He was an employee of the business at the time.

When someone enters a no-contest plea in Pennsylvania, the person doesn’t admit guilt and doesn’t contest the fact that the commonwealth can prove the person committed the crime. A no-contest plea has the same effect for sentencing purposes as pleading guilty.

The charge was graded initially as a third-degree felony with a maximum penalty of seven years in jail and a $15,000 fine.

However, in a plea bargain with the Crawford County District Attorney’s Office, in exchange for the no-contest plea, the grading of charge was lowered to a first-degree misdemeanor. As a first-degree misdemeanor, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Daly, who is scheduled to be sentenced by Vardaro on Sept. 23, remains free on his own recognizance.