A man involved with a standoff with police last August entered a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Thursday and was immediately sentenced. He was one of several defendants in pending cases to enter guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
Carmen Diacheysn, 40, of Nesquehoning, pleaded guilty to one count of terroristic threats for the incident that began about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 at his residence along Allen Street.
Borough police responded to the residence after receiving a report of a man barricaded inside his home and armed with weapons threatening to kill himself or have police shoot him.
The standoff involved several area police departments assisting Nesquehoning police. Also called to the scene was the state police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). The standoff ended about 9 p.m. with Diacheysn taken into custody without further incident and no one injured. Police found a loaded rifle and another weapon in the home.
Defense Atty. Joseph D. Perilli said Diacheysn has mental health issues and was committed to a mental health facility after the incident. He said his client is currently on medication for his problems and continues to receive counseling.
Perilli said Diacheysn became distraught after being arrested earlier in the day for driving under the influence (DUI). He added, "He was not out to harm anyone only to harm himself."
Diacheysn said he was sorry for all the problems he caused that night.
Nanovic accepted the plea and sentenced Diacheysn to time served (114 days) to 18 months in prison followed by one year of probation. He was also ordered to get both a drug and alcohol (D&A) and mental health evaluations, not process any weapons during the length of the sentence and continue his counseling sessions.
Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:
Ryan Matthew Rehrig, 19, of Palmerton, entered guilty pleas in three pending cases. He pleaded to one count each of possession with intent to delivery a controlled substance-heroin, possession and theft.
The possession with intent incident occurred on July 15, 2009, when he delivered heroin to an under informant for the state Attorney General's office. The possession count stems from a May 16, 2009, incident along Alley E in Palmerton when borough police made a traffic stop and found Rehrig in possession of heroin.
The theft count stems from a Aug. 8, 2009, incident when a quantity of jewelry was stolen from Jennifer Fisher, of Franklin Ave. Rehrig later sold the jewelry to get money for drugs, it was noted.
On the possession with intent count Nanovic sentenced him to serve nine to 19 months in prison; on the possession charge six to 12 months in jail; and on the theft count nine to 18 months, all terms running concurrently.
He was given credit for 58 days total spent in prison on the charges. He was ordered to make total restitution in the theft case of $4,860.
Rehrig is currently in prison serving a six month jail term for a domestic relations violation. The new prison term began immediately and runs concurrent with the domestic count.
Luis De Los Santos, 19, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to one count each of simple assault and harassment. He was charged with assaulting Timothy Delaney, a youth supervisor at Camp Adams, a juvenile facility in Penn Forest Township, on Nov. 27, 2009. Santos was involved in a fight with another resident of the camp when Delaney attempted to break it up and was assaulted by the defendant.
Nanovic accepted the pleas but deferred sentencing to a later date.
Michael A. Natt, 40, of Hazleton, pleaded to furnishing drug free urine.
Natt appeared at the adult probation office in the courthouse on Oct. 8, 2009, where he was being supervised for another charge. He was ordered to submit a urine sample for testing and attempted to give a sample from another person which he had hidden between his legs in a container.
Natt said he was afraid to give a urine sample because he had smoked marijuana earlier in the week.
Nanovic placed him on probation for a year and ordered he pay a fine of $500, get a D&A evaluation and not have or use any alcohol or controlled substances.
Natt is currently in the county prison on a probation violation.
Glenn C. Vosburgh, 22, of Lansford, pleaded to possession of marijuana. He was arrested following a vehicle stop on Aug. 1, 2009, along SR902 in Summit Hill. He was a passenger in the vehicle.
Police took Vosburgh into custody on two outstanding warrants and during a patdown found marijuana on his person.
Nanovic imposed a fine of $500 and costs.
Vosburgh is currently in the county prison on parole violations.
Dominic P. Shannon, 34, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of theft. He wa arrested by Mahoning Township police after receiving a complaint from Rent-A-Center. Shannon entered into a rental agreement to buy a computer and took possession of it. He made only one payment on the computer and was charged. The computer has been returned to the business.
Nanovic placed him on probation for a year and ordered he make restitution of $1,591.19 for unpaid rental payments.
Kody James Strouse, 20, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was arrested by Jim Thorpe police for removing computer equipment from the Carbon Career and Technical Institute in Jim Thorpe, on Jan. 3, 2008. The computer was for snap-on tools.
The theft was reported by the school and a few hours later Strouse came to the police station with the equipment.
Nanovic placed him on probation for 30 months and ordered he get a D&A evaluation.
Edward Whitehead III, 24, of Andreas, pleaded to one count of unsworn falsification to authorities. He was arrested by Lehighton police after giving them false information concerning a hit and run accident. He was the driver involved in the accident but made a statement that someone else was driving the vehicle.
Nanovic placed him on probation for a year.
Georgetta Boyle, 52, of McAdoo, pleaded to one count of criminal trespass. She was arrested by Lehighton police for entering a flower tent that was set up along Blakeslee Boulevard on April 8. The listed victim is Terry Zehner.
Nanovic placed her on probation for a year and ordered she pay a fine of $500 and supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee because the count was a felony.
Lance A. Moser, 55, of Lehighton, entered a guilty plea earlier in the week to one count of defiant trespass. He was arrested by Lehighton police for entering property at 132-136 N. First St., on June 3, 2009, without permission.
Nanovic imposed a fine of $300.
All defendants sentenced must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee.