Delaware DOJ announces recent convictions

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Justice on Friday announced several recent convictions in Superior Court including, among others:

• A 48-year-old Dover man will spend 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, endangering the welfare of a child, and third-degree child abuse. Deputy Attorney General Kathleen Dickerson secured the plea and sentence from David Jones.

In October 2016, the DOJ said, Jones sexually abused a child that was in his care. After entering his plea in Superior Court, a judge sentenced Jones to 10 years in prison, followed by one year of either work release or home confinement, then three years of probation. Jones must also register as a Tier III sex offender.

• A 33-year-old Dover man who used his bicycle to flee from police will spend 15 years in prison for a gun charge. Deputy Attorney General Lindsay Taylor secured a guilty plea to possession of a firearm by person prohibited and resisting arrest from Joshua Benson.

In November 2016, the DOJ said, Dover Police tried to stop Benson who was riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the road on Forest Street near West Street.

Benson ignored the officer’s attempt and rode away, eventually getting off the bike and running, according to the DOJ. Once officers took Benson into custody, they found a loaded handgun in the pocket of his jacket.

A Superior Court judge sentenced Benson, who is barred from having a gun because of a previous weapons conviction, to 15 years in prison, followed by probation.

• Deputy Attorney General Christina Kontis secured a prison sentence for Lawrence Malandruccolo, 30, of Smyrna, for his conviction on weapons, shoplifting, and conspiracy charges. In August 2016, the DOJ said, Malandruccolo stole spools of wiring from the Home Depot in the Peoples Plaza Shopping Center in Glasgow and attempted to return them at the Home Depot in the 100 block of Sunset Boulevard in New Castle later the same day, the DOJ said.

Loss prevention officers took Malandruccolo into custody and called police. When officers arrived, they found a loaded 9mm handgun in the trunk of his car. Malandruccolo, banned from having a firearm because of previous felony convictions for drug, theft, and burglary charges, told police the gun belonged to a co-defendant who got away, the DOJ said.

Mr. Malandruccolo was convicted after a bench trial in May of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, attempted shoplifting and third-degree conspiracy. A Superior Court judge sentenced Malandruccolo to five years in prison followed by six months of either home confinement or work release, then two years of probation.

• A 32-year-old Magnolia man faces 2 to 25 years in prison in exchange for his no contest plea to one charge of dealing in child pornography.

Deputy Attorney General Julie Johnson prosecuted the case against Brad Edmisten. In January 2017, the DOJ said, members of the Child Predator Task Force executed a search warrant at Edmisten’s home in the 600 block of Olde Field Drive, and found images of child pornography on a computer. A Superior Court judge will sentence Edmisten in September.


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