On Monday, April 8, 2019, Richard Shevchenko, age 69, of Upper Deerfield, was sentenced to a state prison term in connection with an incident that occurred on January 17, 2018 at the Woodland County Day School in Stow Creek.

Following a hearing before the Honorable Michael J. Silvanio, Shevchenko was sentenced to a five year prison term and must serve three and one half years before being eligible for parole. This sentence follows the December 2018 verdict where Shevchenko was convicted by a jury of Unlawful Possession of a Handgun. The jury acquitted Shevchenko of other associated charges including Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose and Terroristic Threats.

The matter was originally investigated by members of the New Jersey State Police from the Bridgeton Barracks. The sentencing in the present case was originally scheduled for January 25th but was delayed due to a defense motion seeking to reduce the period of parole ineligibility to one year or to have the defendant placed on probation for the crime. This motion was heard by the Criminal Presiding Judge, the Honorable Linda L. Lawhun, who denied the defense application.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant County Prosecutor Charles J. Wettstein. The defendant was represented by Kimberly A. Schultz, Esq. .

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