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Woman pleads guilty to attack on sister’s husband in Herminie

November 30, 2018

A Donora woman pleaded guilty Monday to an attack on her sister’s husband last year.

According to police, Janet Toth, 52, helped her sister toss a pot of boiling water in the face of David Gelet when he returned to his Herminie home in July 2017.

Gelet said his then-estranged wife, Barbara Gelet, and Toth also hit him in the head with a hammer and a knife during the attack.

Barbara Gelet, 59, pleaded guilty in January to lesser charges of simple assault and conspiracy and was sentenced to serve six to 23 months in jail. At the time, Assistant District Attorney Allen Powanda said Gelet’s plea deal was agreed to at her husband’s request.

David Gelet maintained he suffered facial burns, head injuries and hearing loss in the attack.

He also claimed in court earlier this year that he wanted to reconcile with his wife of 18 years.

Barbara Gelet appeared in court Monday to support her sister, Powanda said.

Toth pleaded guilty to the same two charges as her sister. More serious counts of aggravated assault and conspiracy were dismissed. Her sentence will be determined at a later date by Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Feliciani.

Powanda said David Gelet has demanded Toth receive the same sentence as his estranged wife.

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