Judge Lets Sentence Stand For Man Who Threatened Wife, In-laws

July 30, 2018

SCRANTON — The state prison sentence handed down to a former Factoryville man for threatening to kill his estranged wife and her parents will stand. Lackawanna County President Judge Michael J. Barrasse on Monday refused to change the sentence of seven years, nine months, to 16 years of incarceration plus 33 years of probation he imposed on Joshua John Skivington on June 26, denying a petition for reconsideration after a brief hearing. Skivington, 28, was arrested in September 2016 after investigators say he stole a minivan from family members at gunpoint in Wyoming County after hours of heavy drinking and told them he planned to murder his estranged wife, Kristen, and her parents. Skivington’s family alerted authorities, who apprehended him not far from his wife’s workplace in Dickson City. Police found a loaded .38-caliber revolver and .22-caliber rifle along with additional ammunition for both weapons inside the van. On March 21, Skivington pleaded guilty to terroristic threats, carrying a firearm without a license, recklessly endangering another person, fleeing police, burglary and simple assault. Prosecutors dropped several other charges, including multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder. A contrite Skivington told Barrasse he could hardly find the words to express how remorseful he is for his actions. He also knows he cannot take back what happened, he said. “I can assure you nothing like this will ever happen again,” he said, telling the judge he now understands he must address his mental health issues if he wants to remain sober. He asked Barrasse to consider a lesser sentence to allow him to be a father to his son, a son to his parents and to give back to the people who have been there for him. “I’m sure I’ll never make it up, but I’ll do my best,” Skivington said. In denying the petition, Barrasse cited the escalating violence in Skivington’s behavior and said the sentence imposed last month was appropriate to protect society. Contact the writer: dsingleton@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9132

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