The man accused of being Hugo Selenski’s partner in crime pleaded guilty today as part of a deal with federal investigators.
Under the agreement, Paul Weakley admitted to everything, including the murders of a Wyoming County pharmacists and his girlfriend.
Weakley pleaded guilty in federal court in Scranton to a racketeering conspiracy charge. As part of that guilty plea, Weakley admitted to playing a part in the murders of Michael Kerkowski and his girlfriend, Tammy Fassett in 2002, as well as being part of a criminal enterprise that committed robberies, burglaries and other criminal acts.
He now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole and he has agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of Hugo Selenski. Selenski still faces trial in Luzerne County for those two murders.
It was back in June, 2003 when investigators found bodies buried in Selenski’s backyard in Luzerne County’s Back Mountain area.
At a news conference Friday afternoon in Scranton federal, state and local authorities commented on Weakley’s plea agreement. They said they’re happy to know the families of the victims will be able to get some sort of resolution.
“For the first time they have the opportunity to hear someone stand up before a judge, raise his right hand, swear to tell the truth and admit that he participated in the killings of their loved ones,” said Luzerne County District Attorney Jacqueline Musto Carroll.
A federal judge has scheduled Weakley’s sentencing for sometime in April.
The families of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Fassett were present in court today but they did not comment on the plea agreement.