Polk Woman Pleads Guilty in Brutal Beating Case

| June 13, 2017

Jolene Webber
MEADVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Polk woman involved in the brutal beating of a man in Lions Park in Cochranton last year pleaded guilty on Monday to three charges related to the case.

According to court documents, 35-year-old Jolene N. Webber, of Polk, pleaded guilty in Crawford County Court to the following misdemeanors charges:

– Unlawful Restraint/Serious Bodily Injury
– Possession of an Instrument of Crime with Intent
– Conspiracy – Simple Assault

Her sentencing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on August 30 in front of Judge John F. Spataro.

As part of her plea agreement, charges of first-degree misdemeanor terroristic threats and second-degree misdemeanor simple assault were dismissed.

Webber’s Co-Conspirator Makes Plea Agreement

On April 24, 19-year-old Bradley Ira Simmons, of Clintonville – Webber’s co-conspirator – pleaded guilty to the following charges in front of Crawford County Judge Mark Stevens:

– Unlawful Restraint/ Serious Bodily Injury, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2

As part of his plea agreement, the following charges were dismissed:

– Conspiracy – Computer Trespass – Remove Data, Felony 3
– Terroristic Threats W/ Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 2
– Robbery-Take Property From Other/Force, Felony 3

Sentencing in his case is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, in Crawford County Court with Judge Stevens presiding.

Both individuals are free on bail.

Details of the Assault Case

In a previous explorevenango.com article, Cochranton Borough Police filed criminal charges against several individuals for the alleged beating of a man “who stored inappropriate photos on his cell phone.”

In addition to Webber and Simmons, seven juveniles were also charged; however, their names have not been released because of their ages.

According to a criminal complaint, Cochranton Police Department was contacted in reference to an assault that occurred sometime between 12:15 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Race Street in Cochranton.

The Cochranton Police Department interviewed nine subjects and one victim. During the investigation, it was learned that a 17-year-old female juvenile communicated with the known male victim via Snapchat and Facebook to arrange a meeting at Lions Park, the complaint states.

The 17-year-old female also communicated with Simmons and other juveniles ages 14 to 17 and that “the purpose for this meeting was to retrieve the victim’s telephone and delete alleged inappropriate photographs of her as well as several other juvenile females that the victim allegedly had stored on the device,” according to the criminal complaint.

Around 12:15 a.m. on August 14, the victim arrived at Lions Park to meet with the 17-year-old female. Three other juveniles and Simmons were hiding at the park. The 17-year-old female “asked the victim for a hug in the middle of the pavilion and locked her arms around him until she signaled the coordinated group to restrain the victim,” the complaint states.

While the victim was held, the 17-year-old female “removed approximately $25.00 and the victim’s cell phone from his pocket. She placed the cash inside her bra and then, while he was being held, questioned the victim for the passwords to his cell phone and all his social media accounts, including but not limited to Snapchat and Facebook,” according to the complaint.

During the interview, the 17-year-old female stated that “she deleted all the content she observed as well as every social media and email account that she could gain access to on the victim’s cell phone. She then factory reset the telephone belonging to the victim,” the complaint continues.

Then, two other juveniles arrived at the park. Prior to this point, the victim was not physically assaulted but restrained from movement. These juveniles began to strike the victim along with the majority of the other juveniles who were present, including Simmons, who allegedly kicked the victim in the back of the head with a bare foot, the complaint states.

Later, Webber arrived at the park. and allegedly had in her possession “a miniature sledge hammer, channel locks and a miniature wooden bat.”

Webber advised the juveniles that “they were highly visible and directed them…into the woods,” the complaint indicates.

Simmons, Webber, and two juveniles allegedly carried and dragged the victim to the woods, advising him that “if he were a (expletive), he would be hanging from a tree,” according to the complaint.

The complaint states that at the edge of the woods, the victim vomited on Simmons due to his injuries. Simmons allegedly dropped the victim, causing the victim to take another impact to the head. The victim stated that “Jolene Webber swung the miniature sledge hammer, nearly striking him in the face.”

“Upon arriving to the wooded area in the area of Route 322 beside Sugar Creek, the victim was beaten and choked with his shirt,” the complaint said.

Webber also allegedly threatened to drown the victim while he was being restrained beside the creek, according to the complaint.

Around 2:00 a.m., Webber and a juvenile left the woods.

Shortly after, Simmons and a juvenile returned the victim to the park. He was told that if he attempted to run, another person was currently in the truss roof area of the pavilion and would get him. The victim was also advised that if he went to the police, they “would get him and his family,” the complaint stated.

Simmons and the juvenile returned to the juvenile’s residence and spoke to Webber, who asked where the victim was.

They told her that “the victim was at the Cochranton Lions Park and was told not to move. Webber was displeased, so Simmons and the juvenile returned to the park and observed that the victim was gone,” according to the complaint.

Multiple counts related to simple assault, unlawful restraint, robbery, theft and computer trespass were filed against the juveniles by Crawford County Juvenile Probation in Crawford County Juvenile Court, according to the county’s District Attorney’s Office.

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