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SCRANTON – A Pittston man pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to receiving child pornography from 2005 through last October, announced Martin C. Carlson, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Leon Krepps, 40, admitted to downloading from his computer and ordering by e-mail sexually explicit images of minors, Carlson said.

Krepps was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 28, 2008, as a result of an investigation by the FBI, Italian law enforcement, Europol, Pittston police and Scranton police, Carlson said.

Carlson said Krepps faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a potential maximum sentence of 20 years. A plea agreement calls for Krepps to serve 135 months in prison and be placed on supervised release for life after his prison sentence, he said.

Munley scheduled Krepps’ sentencing for May 10, Carlson said.

WILKES-BARRE – A Kingston woman pleaded guilty to stealing a donation container for a sick child.

Susan Sarah Brandt, 66, pleaded guilty to theft during a preliminary hearing in Central Court on Tuesday. Prosecutors withdrew a charge of receiving stolen property against Brandt.

State police at Wyoming alleged Brandt entered Shelley’s Pizza in Pringle on Dec. 4 and stole a container from the counter. She left the restaurant with the container and returned to pick up a pizza order, police said.

The donation container was for 10-year-old Zoe Lambert, who suffers from Vaters syndrome, a rare disorder that affects the spine, intestines and kidneys.

Brandt was levied a fine of $193 for her guilty plea.

WILKES-BARRE – A White Haven man who police say led them on a chase through several municipalities on Jan. 3 waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Central Court on Tuesday.

Michael F. Sullivan, 46, of Joanne Lane, waived four counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, two counts each of accidents involving damage to attended vehicle, accidents involving damage to an unattended vehicle, one count each of fleeing or attempting to elude police and loitering at night to Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas.

Prosecutors withdrew two counts of accidents involving damage to an unattended vehicle, one count of harassment and 28 vehicle code violations against Sullivan.

Wilkes-Barre police alleged Sullivan failed to stop for a traffic violation on Madison Street and initiated a pursuit through several municipalities that ended in West Pittston, where he jumped into the Susquehanna River. During the pursuit, police alleged, Sullivan’s vehicle hit several police cruisers and parked vehicles.

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