Galena man given community control for trespassing


A Galena man was sentenced to three years of community control after he pleaded guilty to illegally entering a Sunbury woman’s home in October.

Vance Timothy Crotty, 18, of 2653 Pointewood Loop, Galena, appeared in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Friday afternoon to be sentenced for one count of trespass in habitation, a fourth-degree felony and attempted abduction, also a fourth-degree felony.

At a change of plea hearing on Jan. 19, Crotty pleaded guilty to the trespass in habitation charge and entered an Alford plea to the attempted abduction charge, meaning he maintains his innocence but acknowledges the evidence is strong enough that he would likely be found guilty if the case went to trial and is therefore entering his plea to get a lesser sentence than what he would receive after a trial.

According to court documents, Crotty entered the home of a Sunbury woman on Oct. 27 and was asked to leave but he refused. Court documents also indicate Crotty placed his hands around the woman’s throat during the incident.

At the hearing on Friday, Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley sentenced Crotty to three years of community control and ordered him to complete a program at a Community Based Correctional Facility.

Additionally, Gormley ordered that Crotty have no contact with the victim in the case and was ordered to serve 60 hours of community service. Crotty was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for the charges.

Gormley said if Crotty violates his community control sentence he faces up to 30 months in prison.

A Delaware County Grand Jury indicted Crotty on Nov. 18 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Crotty was taken into custody the following day by Delaware County Sheriff’s deputies.

Crotty also appeared in Delaware Municipal Court for assault and trespassing charges related to the incident as well as a charge of underage consumption of alcohol and a charge of possession of marijuana.

The municipal court charges were dismissed when Crotty was indicted on the felony charges by the grand jury.

By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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