Former Carbondale Police Officer Frank Schulze pleads guilty to fatal shooting in 2016


(WBRE/WYOU) — A former police officer, pleads guilty in connection with a deadly shooting two years ago.

Former Carbondale Cop Frank Schulze pleaded guilty this morning to voluntary manslaughter charges in Lackawanna County court.

The judge accepted the plea and sentenced Schulze to 2 and a half to five years.

Schulze was off duty when he shot and killed Joseph Molinaro in February of 2016.

Background story from 3/24/16:

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Carbondale Police Officer Frank Schulze surrendered himself to authorities Thursday after being charged in a fatal shooting in February.

Schulze and his attorney reported to the Lackawanna County Courthouse at noon, in response to the charge of criminal homicide filed by the Lackawanna County District Attorney.

During his arraignment, Schulze was ordered to be held in jail without bail, despite the objections of his attorney and Schulze’s family.

Schulze was off-duty when he allegedly shot Joseph  Molinaro February 2, 2016.

The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and the District Attorney’s office.

Molinaro had an unspecified run-in Tuesday night with 25-year-old off-duty Carbondale Police Officer Frank Schulze. It ended with Molinaro shot multiple times at the intersection of Chestnut and Cemetery Streets.

Schulze” attorney has previously told Eyewitness News the officer shot while in fear for his own life.

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