By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer
A Farrell man resolved two criminal cases Tuesday by pleading guilty to a single count of prohibited possession of a firearm.
While Christopher B. Cordero, 26, of 711 Hamilton Ave., got out from under more serious charges, including aggravated assault and robbery, the second-degree felony he pleaded guilty to still could land him in prison for up to 10 years.
Cordero was set to go to trial for the Dec. 21, 2010, shooting of Deandre Chambers in the Triple D's Diner, 605 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, but the plea took care of that case as well as the alleged assault of a woman Jan. 13 at an apartment in the 800 block of Market Avenue, Farrell.
In each case, witnesses were reluctant to testify, said Assistant Mercer County District Attorney Brian Farrone.
Cordero acknowledged that he possessed a loaded gun the night of the shooting. When asked by Common Pleas Court Judge Robert G. Yeatts if he knew where the gun was, Cordero responded, "I have no clue."
He said he put the gun in the trunk of a car that was subsequently stolen.
Cordero was not questioned about the Jan. 13 incident in which he allegedly knocked a cellular telephone from the hand of a woman with a pistol, pointed the gun at her and threatened to kill her.
That gun was seized by police, police said.
Cordero is not allowed to possess a gun because of a 2006 conviction on a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver, Farrone said.
Cordero, who had been free on bond, was taken to Mercer County Jail to await his sentencing Sept. 24.
Still pending are charges of possession of marijuana and criminal use of a cell phone for Southwest Mercer County Regional police discovering pot and a cell phone in a car Feb. 25, 2012, in the 300 block of Spearman Avenue, Farrell.
The phone contained text messages that were "blatantly drug sales related" and a video of Cordero instructing a boy of about 2 years of age how to break up a bud of marijuana, police said.