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Deputies withdraw their PFAs

Both parties, once involved in a relationship, tell judge they want to move on with their lives.



WILKES-BARRE – Two Luzerne County sheriff deputies on Thursday withdrew protection from abuse petitions they filed against each other last week.

Mary Jean Farrell, 50, and Jennifer M. Roberts, 33, appeared before Luzerne County Judge William Amesbury and said they wished to withdraw reciprocal PFAs against each other.

The PFAs alleged guns were drawn and physical abuse occurred when their intimate relationship ended in February, according to court documents.

“They want to move on with their lives,” said Allyson Kacmarski, Roberts’ attorney, about the withdrawal.

Under the temporary protection from abuse filing, Roberts and Farrrell were ordered to hand over their guns and stay away from each other.

Luzerne County Sheriff John Gilligan said last week that Roberts would be suspended without pay until further notice.

When asked Thursday about Roberts’ status, Gilligan said the issue was now a “personnel matter,” and that he would not be discussing it any further.

Farrell has been off duty for an undetermined period of time on a workers’ compensation claim.

Farrell said in her filing against Roberts that she and Roberts split up as a couple on Feb. 9 and she asked Roberts to move out of the Mountain Top home they shared.

Farrell said Roberts, who previously worked as supervisor of special investigations for the Sheriff’s Department and in the Criminal Offenders Being Rapidly Apprehended Unit, began pushing her around to find out whom she was speaking with on the phone before Farrell left to go to a birthday party.

At around 10 that night, Farrell alleged, Roberts showed up at the Shalimar Restaurant in Mountain Top to see who she was with and pushed a friend of Farrell’s.

Roberts is facing a criminal mischief charge stemming from the incident at the restaurant, according to court documents.

When Farrell returned home that night, she said the two got into a fight, falling down stairs.

“After that, Jen reached into her coat pocket and pulled out a gun which she pointed at me. I said, ‘Don’t you dare, I have kids’ and she placed it in her own mouth,” Farrell, a mother of two, wrote in the petition.

Roberts had a different account of the events in her PFA petition.

Roberts version states Farrell and her friend were intoxicated at the Shalimar Restaurant and when they got home, Farrell began grabbing and pulling Roberts.

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