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Scranton Man Sentenced For Assault After Breaking Police Officer's Elbow

by on July 19, 2014 12:48 PM

A Scranton man now faces up to nearly two years in jail after being sentenced on Friday for a case of public urination that ended with a police officer being treated for a broken elbow.

Brandon Bednash, 20, was stopped after urinating outdoors near Atherton Street and College Avenue by a police officer directing traffic for the October 12, 2013 Penn State football game against Michigan.

According to a news release from the District Attorney's office, Bednash told the officer he had no ID and called himself “Joe B.” Bednash tried to pull away from the officer, dragging her into the street.

Bednash thrashed hard enough to knock the officer to the ground and break her elbow. Though he got away, police were able to identify Bednash based on the contents of his backpack, which he had left behind. 

Bednash was sentenced to 3 to 23½ months in jail and over $1,200 in fines for simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, providing false identification to law enforcement and disorderly conduct.


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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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