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Wilkes-Barre Township man pleads guilty to making threats

WILKES-BARRE – A Wilkes-Barre Township man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges stemming from an incident in which police say he threatened to smash a child’s head into a wall and set a neighbor’s house on fire.

Donald Joseph Geffert, 39, of East Northampton Street, entered the plea to one count of terroristic threats before Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley.

Geffert faces a maximum of five years in prison when he is sentenced on the charge on March 24.

Polachek Gartley said that even though Geffert could have been sentenced Thursday, she delayed it to give victims a chance to appear in court.

Geffert is represented by attorney Joe Yeager. Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Reimiller prosecuted the case.

According to court papers, on Sept. 8 police were called to Geffert’s street for a report of a neighbor dispute.

When police arrived, Mary Blawn told them that Geffert had been making threats to her 9-year-old son and 17-year-old nephew.

Blawn said Geffert threatened to bash her son’s head into a wall and called her derogatory names. She said Geffert said he would kill her nephew and called him derogatory names.

Police said Geffert threatened to burn their houses down and said he was going to harm another neighbor who was not home at the time.

Police tried to make contact with Geffert but were unable to immediately locate him.

Geffert had waived a November arraignment on the charges, entering a plea of not guilty.

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