BELLEFONTE — One of three men facing trial next week for a violent burglary and robbery spree has allegedly threatened to kill the judge and prosecutor in the case.
Dmitriy Litvinov, 25, allegedly told a former cellmate about his detailed, graphic plans to kill Centre County President Judge Thomas King Kistler, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller and sheriff’s deputies.
The trial for Litvinov and his co-defendants, Maksim Illarionov, 23, and Anatoliy Veretnov, is scheduled to begin Monday morning.
They face charges related to 40 separate cases stemming from a crime spree in 2009 and 2010, during which they allegedly burglarized homes and business and committed a string of armed robberies.
Litvinov’s alleged threats, made from behind bars, were described in pretrial motions filed Thursday by Illarionov’s attorney.
From the Centre County Correctional Facility, where he has been jailed since March 2010, Litvinov allegedly said he knows what vehicle Parks Miller drives and where she lives.
“No worries, boys know where she live (sic),” he allegedly told his cellmate. “If they get her, they will keep her for three days, rape her and cut her up in little pieces and flush her down the toilet.”
He implied his associates, whom he refers to as “boys,” have followed Kistler and “would feed him to the hogs.”
Litvinov describes someone shooting sheriff’s deputies inside the courtroom: “Two shots because there is always two deputies all the time,” he allegedly said.
According to his cellmate, Litvinov thought there would be a mistrial if either Parks Miller or Kistler were not able to make the trial.
“Mistrial if she does not show up,” he allegedly said. “You can not prosecute a case is (sic) she was not around.”
Illarionov’s court-appointed attorney, Daniel J. Nelson, of Philipsburg, said prosecutors turned over new discovery materials Wednesday that contained the alleged threats.
State College attorney Ronald McGlaughlin, who represents Veretnov, said a state police interview with the cellmate occurred in June 2010, even though the discovery material was not provided to defense attorneys until this week.
McGlaughlin filed a motion Friday asking that Litvinov’s alleged statements not be permitted to be used against his client.
Nelson filed separate motions Thursday. One questioned whether Kistler could fairly hear the trial in light of the threats.
He asked for a new judge to be appointed, one who was “not the subject of prejudicial pretrial information.”
Nelson also filed motions to keep Illarionov’s phone records out of the trial, and for a continuance or for a new attorney to be appointed to the case, at his client’s request.
A pretrial hearing was held Friday. However, Kistler’s ruling had not been filed by the time the courthouse closed.
Parks Miller said Kistler denied all of Nelson’s motions, except one he had not yet ruled on: the motion to suppress phone records.
With the rulings, Parks Miller said the trial will begin as expected Monday morning in the courthouse annex. This trial was moved out of the main courtroom because of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial taking place there.
It will be the second trial for the three defendants in less than two years.
In 2011, Kistler declared a mistrial in the original proceedings after a fourth co-defendant, Alexei Semionov, pleaded guilty during the proceedings.
Semionov was sentenced in February to at least 36 years behind bars in a state prison.
Illarionov, the alleged ring-leader of the group, is serving a 15-year state prison sentence for a conviction on illegal weapons charges.
A previously convicted felon, he wasn’t allowed to have the weapons allegedly with him during the reported robberies and burglaries.
This time around, Parks Miller said she plans to call 102 witnesses, including police and alleged victims.
Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter