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December 18, 2013

Woman admits role in robbery

- — A Mercer woman whose home was the location of an assault and robbery has admitted a role in the crime.

Jenna A. Zomparelli, 19, of 420 N. Pitt St., Mercer, pleaded guilty Dec. 9 to a charge of conspiracy to commit hindering apprehension, a third-degree felony that carries a maximum prison term of 3è to 7 years.

Prosecutors withdrew a host of charges that included aggravated and simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property.

A McKeesport man told police that he and a Findley Township woman went to Zomparelli’s home June 14 to hang out, and Benjamin Jefferson, 18, of 441 Walnut St., Sharon, and Casey A. Anderson, 19, of 170 W. Budd St., Sharon, were there.

Zomparelli went upstairs to take a shower, and the victims said they were going to leave when Anderson blocked the door, police said.

One of the alleged perpetrators said, “Are you ready to do this?” and they punched the man in the head and chest, police said.

One said, “Get the gun,” and Jefferson pulled out a .380-caliber handgun and hit the man in the side of the head with it, police said.

Jefferson pointed the gun at the man’s face and demanded money, his shirt and his shoes, police said.

The man turned over $516, a polo shirt and a pair of Nikes, and the victims ran outside and called 911, police said.

Zomparelli and a Pine Township woman, who has not been charged, drove Jefferson and Anderson to Sharon and dropped them off downtown, police said.

Zomparelli identified Jefferson and Anderson, police said.

Anderson’s case is pending in Mercer County Common Pleas Court, while Jefferson is wanted on a warrant in connection with the case.

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