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Man Who Sent Letter to Judge Threatening Corrections Officer Waives Preliminary Hearing

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 @ 12:08 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

supikCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A New Bethlehem man who allegedly sent a letter to Clarion County President Judge James G. Arner threatening a corrections officer waived his preliminary hearing this week.

According to court documents, 27-year-old Joseph David Supik waived one count of first-degree misdemeanor terroristic threats on Tuesday.

The case has been transferred to the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

According to a criminal complaint, on Monday, July 9, Judge Arner’s office received a letter dated July 4 from Joseph D. Supik.

Supik was then an inmate at PA State Corrections in Somerset.

According to the complaint, in the letter, Supik mentions a prior criminal case in which he threatened a Clarion County Corrections Officer and his family.

Supik writes, “I was wrong i didn’t want to hurt his family I wanted (to) kill him slowly for the face he let my cousin die on the way to the hospital last year so I will be beating his (expletive) when I do see him,” according to the complaint.

In the letter, Supik also stated “Am I joking, NO I am not, he let my cousin die so he deserves to be beaten the (expletive) up.” At the end of the letter, Supik again mentions that he is “NOT JOKING,” according to the complaint.

The complaint also notes the letter was signed by Supik and sent in a PA Department of Corrections inmate mail envelope and listed Supik’s inmate number.

Based on the investigation, charges were filed against Supik in Judge Quinn’s office on Monday, July 23.

Supik, who has a lengthy criminal history, was most recently sentenced up to two years in state prison after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree misdemeanor terroristic threats in April of 2017.

The charges were filed after Supik threatened to kill two Clarion County Jail correctional officers and their families.

He is also scheduled to stand for a formal arraignment before President Judge D. Gregory Geary in the Somerset County Court of Common Pleas on one count of first-degree misdemeanor terroristic threats and one count of third-degree harassment on Monday, September 24.

Supik is currently lodged at SCI Forest.


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