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Mercer County Man Pleads Guilty In Assault On High School Football Coach

January 6, 2014

A Mercer County man who was accused of assaulting his former high school football coach at the victim’s home last summer entered guilty pleas Friday to two charges, and under the terms of his plea bargain will be sentenced to a term in the Mercer County Jail instead of in state prison.

38 year-old Joseph Koscinski entered guilty pleas to charges of aggravated assault and burglary in a physical attack on 65 year-old Jim Wildman at Wildman’s home in Sharon in August.  Kocinski had played for Wildman’s Sharon Tigers football teams in 1992 and 1993.  Wildman had just accepted the opportunity to return as Sharon’s coach earlier last year.

Kocinski’s attack, after he broke through a screen door into Wildman’s home, was reportedly hindered by two of Wildman’s neighbors, but not before the victim had been choked and had an ear bitten.

Kocinski has been in jail since the day following the attack.  He will be sentenced next month.

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