Man caught through Facebook in lie about gunshot wound sentenced to prison

By Patrick Kernan -
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WILKES-BARRE — A Pittston man who was proven to be lying about how he received a gunshot wound by a series of Facebook videos will spend some time in a state prison.

Kyle Garrison, 25, had in August pleaded guilty to a charge of firearms not to be carried without a license and no contest to a count of indecent assault without the consent of another.

He was sentenced Jan. 25 to a total of between 15 and 36 months in a state correctional facility by Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr.

Charges against Garrison were filed in June after officers used his Facebook page to determine he was lying about the source of a bullet wound to his foot.

Garrison called Pittston police in April saying he’d been shot after being robbed at gunpoint by two men. But officers found videos on his Facebook page which showed him and three other men firing a weapon, with Garrison saying in one video he’d been shot.

Garrison was also charged with counts of prohibited possession of a firearm by a felon and making false reports, but these charges were withdrawn in pursuance of a plea deal.

Charges of aggravated indecent assault of a child and dissemination of explicit sexual material of a minor were also withdrawn when he pleaded no contest to the count of indecent assault.

Sklarosky ordered Garrison to have no unsupervised contact with children and to make a good faith effort to receive his GED.

Before being remanded, he was given 20 days credit for time served.


By Patrick Kernan

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