A Meadville man faces new felony charges after allegedly calling a witness against him from Crawford County jail and attempting to induce the man to drop charges against him in a July car theft.
Jerimie Paul Stanton, 39, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino on Friday.
Stanton was awaiting trial in December when police say he placed a call from the jail’s phone system, according to the criminal complaint in the case.
During the Dec. 13 call, according to police, Stanton offered to give the witness a car or to provide him work if the man would drop the charges against him in the July 28 incident.
In July, Stanton was charged by Meadville Police Department with a felony count of theft by unlawful taking and a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. He allegedly drove a gold 1996 Toyota Corolla from an auto repair parking lot without permission.
Stanton was in jail awaiting trial when he allegedly made the phone call. He subsequently pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a vehicle in a plea agreement with prosecutors. The felony theft by unlawful taking charge was not prosecuted. Stanton is due to be sentenced in the case Feb. 3.
Stanton faces third-degree felony charges of hindering prosecution and criminal use of a communication facility in the December case. A preliminary hearing is scheduled before Pendolino on Jan. 24. Stanton remains in Crawford County jail in lieu of $15,000 bond in the December case and $10,000 in the July case.
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