Hempfield man pleads guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend at the Unity Hotel

A Hempfield man has been sentenced to serve up to 23 months in prison for the violent assault of a former girlfriend last year at a Unity hotel.

Jule A. Mascherma, 34, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated assault, common assault and threatening terrorism in connection with a March 20 incident at the Inn at Mt. View when a woman received multiple head and facial injuries.

According to court records, the woman told police that Mascherma – her former boyfriend – had rented the hotel room to facilitate an improvement in their relationship and that after she arrived they had a fight and he dumped her. repeatedly punched and choked before fleeing in her 2020 Honda Accord.

The woman claimed to have received 10 to 15 closed fists.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dismissed charges of strangulation, reckless endangerment, theft and criminal mischief.

Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas Judge Tim Krieger sentenced Mascherma to 7 to 23 months in prison and an additional two years of probation. Mascherma has not been recognized for the nearly 11 months he spent in prison after his arrest.

In August, Mascherma pleaded guilty to vandalizing a county jail cell as part of a failed escape attempt.

Investigators said four days after he entered, prison guards found a metal wheelchair in Mascherma’s cell with the arms removed and the metal frame around the cell window removed. Mascherma received two sheets when he was booked into the prison and investigators said they found four in his cell, according to court documents.

Police said Mascherma used two screws to hold the metal frame in place when guards conducted cell checks and claimed the damage to the window and wheelchair was there when he arrived in the cell.

In this case, Mascherma was sentenced to 9 to 18 months in prison.

The drunk driving charges in a third case against Mascherma are still pending.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Rich at 724-830-6293, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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