Atlantic man sentenced after threatening his lawyer | New

Telling a lawyer that he would “hunt him down” following a preliminary hearing last fall earned an Atlantic man a one-year sentence in the County of Common Pleas Court. Crawford involving jail time, house arrest and probation.

Cory M. Gray admitted to threatening attorney Noah Erde in the presence of several others, including an officer from the West Mead Township Police Department, on October 25, 2018, in the lobby outside the courtroom. Hearing of Magistrate District Judge Samuel Pendolino at the Meadville City Building. Erde was Gray’s wife’s lawyer in a child custody case.

In April, Gray, 40, of 14104 Adamsville Road, pleaded guilty in county court to one count of third degree harassment filed by the Meadville Police Department.

“These facts are not good,” President Judge Anthony Vardaro said during Gray’s conviction on Tuesday. “Mr. Erde was just doing his job.”

Gray was given an interim 12-month sentence by Vardaro. Gray will serve the first 15 days in Crawford County Jail with a work release followed by 45 days of house arrest / electronic monitoring with the remainder of probation. Gray was also ordered to pay a fine of $ 150, legal costs, successfully complete an anger management course at his own expense, and undergo a mental health assessment.

Gray faced up to a year in prison and a fine of $ 2,500 for harassment.

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at

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