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Convicted Stalker Seeks Reduced Sentence

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John Durney says his family was shocked to hear that he was being sentenced to up to more than forty years in jail for five separate incidents involving attempted abductions of women near Mercyhurst University.

He says he was told that his guilty plea would lead to a three-and-a-half year to seven year sentence.

 That disparity is at the center of a request by Durney to either have his guilty plea thrown out or his sentence reduced during a hearing before Judge Shad Connelly.

He is saying that he was given ineffective by his lawyer, Franklin attorney Michael Antkowiak.

Antkowiak testified that no such promise was made and that he was careful to go over both the standard sentences and those in the aggravated range because the prosecution was alleging that a knife was used in the incidents of stalking and attempted abduction.

Durney's mother also briefly testified that it was her understanding that the 3 1/2 to 7 year sentence would be given.

Judge Connelly is expected to rule shortly.

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