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Warren Man Charged in Homicide Pleads Guilty But Mentally Ill

May 11, 2023

WARREN, Pa. – A 19-year-old Warren man accused of killing his grandmother has pleaded guilty but mentally ill.

Juston K. Moore was charged in the murder of Kelly D. Wadsworth, 60, of Warren, by striking her multiple times in the head on June 8 or June 9 of 2022, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Moore was in Warren County plea court in front of President Judge Maureen Skerda on Thursday and entered the plea in connection with the charges which are first-degree murder, theft by unlawful taking, and two counts of abuse of a corpse.

The guilty but mentally ill plea would mean life in prison without parole, with the option of Moore being committed to a physiatric hospital, which will be determined at sentencing.

A hearing regarding the “mentally ill” plea and sentencing will be scheduled at a later date and probably held on the same day, Skerda said.

“There is no just outcome in this case, but the family (of Wadsworth) is all here today and they are okay with this plea,” said Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene.

Moore was represented by Warren County Chief Public Defender Kord Kinney.

Moore is also charged in a separate docket with theft by deception and forgery. Those charges will be processed at the time of sentencing.

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