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October 8, 2013

Millmont mom who hired thug to beat teen jailed

— SUNBURY — A Millmont woman was sentenced to three to 23 1/2 months on Monday after she pleaded guilty to hiring an individual to beat up a teenager she claimed was bullying her daughter.

Veronica Ulrich told Northumberland County President Judge Robert Sacavage that she knew what she did was wrong and that she has been paying for the crime since last year.

Ulrich pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for hiring an unidentified male and paying him $25 to beat up the Milton High School student who Ulrich said attacked her daughter.

While the standard sentence range for criminal solicitation to commit simple assault — a misdemeanor — is probation, Sacavage sentenced Ulrich in May in the aggravated range for the crime, saying Ulrich was wrong to take the law into her own hands. Ulrich subsequently challenged the sentence, saying it was too harsh.

On Monday, the victim’s parents addressed the court.

“I would ask you, judge, to think if this was your child what you would want done,” the victim’s father said. “I would ask you give her the most harsh sentence allowed so she learns a lesson from this case.”

The victim’s mother told Sacavage her son was left lying in a pool of his own blood. “She paid $25 to have my son beaten by adult men,” the mother said. “He was kicked and beaten and I ask for a severe sentence.”  

Ulrich told the judge she already had been punished.

“There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about that boy. I didn’t ask for anyone to be beaten,” Ulrich said. “Never would I have wanted to do this to this family or my own family.”

Ulrich told Sacavage about some problems she was having at home, but the judge said that did not excuse her actions.

“Either way the victim took a beating and it was you who set this in motion,” Sacavage said. “You were responsible for it.”

The Northumberland County district attorney’s office originally agreed to house arrest, but Sacavage disagreed and imposed the jail term.

The two males who committed the September 2012 assault on the 15-year-old victim and a friend — who was injured trying to protect the victim, according to the police report — have never been identified or arrested.

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