Bail revoked for man in felony animal cruelty case

May 1—WILKES-BARRE — Terik Wiggins confirmed up in Luzerne County Court on Wednesday, a day after he failed to seem at his sentencing listening to on an animal cruelty offense for abandoning a malnourished pit bull pet in a Pittston alley in 2021.

Wiggins, 31, of Wilkes-Barre, had his $50,000 unsecured bail revoked by Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky, ensuing in being jailed on the county correctional facility.

Sklarosky on Tuesday issued a capias warrant, also referred to as a bench warrant, for Wiggins when he skipped his sentencing listening to on a felony aggravated cruelty to animals cost.

Sklarosky famous Wiggins pled responsible to the cost March 11 when he acquired discover of Tuesday’s sentencing date.

Two county probation officers suggested Sklarosky on Wednesday that Wiggins, whereas free on bail and beneath the course of pre-trial providers, was non-compliant of bail situations.

Attorney Cheryl Sobeski-Reedy, who stood in for Wiggins’ lawyer, Nathan Hartman, stated Wiggins was “confused” about his sentencing date.

Sklarosky once more talked about Wiggins acquired private discover of Tuesday’s sentencing date on the time Wiggins pled responsible and in the end revoked his bail. The choose scheduled Wiggins to be sentenced on the animal cruelty offense June 13.

Wiggins together with Shaniqwa Shantel Scott, 25, of Plymouth, had been charged by Pittston City police and county detectives in February 2023, after a prolonged investigation that was launched when the pit bull, named Nova, was discovered deserted and in poor well being on Davis Alley on June 8, 2021.

The case generated large publicity in the area quickly after Pittston police launched a heart-wrenching image of the emaciated pet with the rallying cry, “Justice for Nova.”

Nova was nursed again to well being and was adopted by former Pittston City police chief Neil Murphy, now a county detective, and his spouse, Lena Angelella, police chief in Pittston Township.

Scott pled responsible to a misdemeanor depend of cruelty to animals and is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

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