Two New York area men who held up a Tamaqua man in the state game lands in Walker Township were among 17 who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges and were sentenced by President Judge William E. Baldwin in Schuylkill County court.

Philip E. Hemminger Jr., 19, of Black River, N.Y., pleaded guilty to robbery, conspiracy and reckless burning and Andrew M. O'Connor, 20, of Carthage, N.Y., pleaded guilty to charges of criminal conspiracy, robbery and theft. Both were sentenced to serve four to eight years in a state correctional institution.

Hemminger gets credit for 287 days spent in the county prison and O'Connor 352 days. Both are liable either together or separately to pay restitution of $1,905.80 to the county's victim compensation fund, $1,974.30 to the victim, William Hankey Jr., of Tamaqua, and $7,735.32 to the State Farm Insurance Company.

Trooper Edward J. Lizewski, the prosecutor, said on Oct. 2, 2010, Hankey was hunting on state game lands in Walker Township when ambushed by two men dressed in black clothing and wearing masks and they assaulted him and left him on the ground. Removed from his pocket the keys to his truck plus a cellular telephone. Hankey managed to flee and hid in the woods throughout the night while the robbers took off in his pickup truck.

Others sentenced

Thomas Martin Kelly, 26, Pottsville, on a charge of assault on Morgan Natale, Minersville, was placed on probation 23 months, and pay $50 to CJEA. He was cited by Minersville Patrolman Ryan P. Murphy.

George Samuel Beaver, 53, Shenandoah, on charges of simple assault and false swearing to authorities was placed on probation 12 months, and pay $100 to CJEA. He was cited by Trooper Arthur Wink for the assault charge and by Cpl. Marvin Livergood, state police, on the false statements.

David Richard Zerby, 22, Pottsville, on a charge of theft from Turkey Hill MIni Mart was placed on probation six months, pay $50 to CJEA, and make restitution of $28.35 to the store. Zerby was cited by Butler Township Chief Edward Tarantelli.

Amy Wanalisa, 33, Gilberton, on a charge of theft was placed on probation 12 months, pay $50 to CJEA, and make restitution of $200 to Renee Kalinich, Pottsville. She was cited by Pottsville Patrolman John Mohl.

Pauline Helen Pytak, 51, Shenandoah, on charges of criminal trespass on private property on Preston Hill, Butler Township, and theft of metal pipes was placed on probation 23 months and on a charge of retail theft was given a concurrent 12 months probation sentence and make restitution of $93 to Seas Store, Schuylkill Mall. She was cited by Chief Edward Tarantelli for the trespass charge and by Patrolman Ronald E. Romachik.

Rhashean J. Strange, 26, Shenandoah, on a charge of recklessly endangering another person was given credit for spending 59 days in the county prison and was released on parole for 23 months. Strange was cited by Shenandoah Patrolman Christopher Zubris.

Kristen Marie Kranch, 25, Shenandoah Heights, on one count of burglary, three counts of criminal conspiracy and two counts of receiving stolen property was placed on probation five years, pay $150 to CJEA, and make restitution of $1,8231.59 to John Malinchok, Frackville; $14,273.49 to Nationwide Insurance Company; $678.74 to Hahner Brothers, Pottsville, $250 to Schuylkill Haven Library and $1,553.74 to Nationwide Insurance Company.

Demetrios Manaroulas, 28, Pottsville, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance was sentenced to serve six to 12 months in the county prison, pay $50 to CJEA, and make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Lab. He begins his sentence Friday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m. He as cited by Pottsville Patrolman Michael Stank.

Jeremy Allen Evans, 35, Pottsville, on a charge of delivery of a controlled substance was sentenced to serve six to 23 months in the county prison, pay $100 to SAE fund, and make restitution of $113 to Bethlehem Regional Lab. Evans was cited by Pottsville Capt. Richard Wojciechowsky.

Linda Rabbitz-Confair, 42, Frackville, on a DUI charge was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in the county prison beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, fined $300, pay $50 to CJEA, $300 to SAE fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, and attend safety school and receive outpatient treatment. She was cited by Frackville Cpl. Martin Livergood.

John Thomas Fenstermacher III, 50, Pottsville, on a DUI charge was sentenced to serve 48 hours to six months in the county prison beginning Friday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m, fined $500, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, and receive outpatient counseling. He was cited by Schuylkill Haven Patrolman David T. George.

Joseph Leo Aiello, 28, Mount Carmel, on a DUI charge sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in the county prison, fined $750, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to CJEA, $50 to Schuylkill Medical Center, and receive outpatient counseling. On a charge of driving without a license was fined $200 and failing to drive on roadway laned for traffic fined $25 plus $100 costs. Aiello was cited by Trooper Mark Demko when stopped on Interstate 81 in West Mahanoy Township.

Melissa Catherine Snyder, 26, Minersville, on a DUI charge was sentenced to serve six months on probation, fined $300, pay $50 to CJEA, and receive outpatient treatment. On charges of failing to drive at a safe speed was fined $25 and driving while his license was suspend fined $200 plus $100 costs. She was cited by Pine Grove Sgt. Jeffrey Futchko.

Thomas C. Kintzel III, 32, Pottsville, on a DUI charge was placed in the IPP for 60 months, fined $2,500, pay $300 to SAE fund, $200 to Catastrophe fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, $167.28 to Minersville Borough for damaging softball field and perform 40 hours community service. Kintzel was cited by Patrolman Eric C. Sterner.

Each defendant must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee.