Thirteen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas Tuesday morning in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas.

Three cases

Ehabb Elsayed, 25, of Gilbert, Monroe County, entered guilty pleas in three pending cases all involving the Walmart store in Mahoning Township as the victim.

Elsayed pleaded to two counts of theft by deception and one count of retail theft.

The retail theft occurred on Nov. 18, 2011, when he took a computer from the store. The first theft by deception case occurred on Oct. 24, 2011, when he took an item in the store and attempted to return it and get cash. A similar incident occurred on Oct. 26, 2011.

Serfass deferred sentencing so the total amount of restitution due the store can be obtained.

Sexual offender

Joseph Raymond Milnes Sr., 58, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of obstructing the administration of law, in an amended complaint.

Milnes was arrested when he went to the Weatherly police to check is status. He is a convicted sexual offender in the state of Florida and when he moved to Pennsylvania he was obligated, by law, to notify Florida officials of his new address within 48 hours and also police where he moved.

Police ran a check and learned there were warrants for his arrest issued in Florida.

Defense Attorney Paul Levy it was a technical violation by Milnes. He also said Milnes has paid a heavy price for the violation having been in jail for 250 days.

Serfass sentenced him to time served to one day less 24 months in prison.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered pleas included:

Joe M. Neff, 25, of New Tripoli, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI), a first offense. He was arrested on Oct. 22, 2011, along Mahoning Drive in Mahoning Township. Given a test, the result was .10BAC. He was originally stopped for speeding and erratic driving.

Serfass placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 25 hours of community service.

Jake C. Buskirk, 32, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of retail theft. He was arrested on Jan. 19 at the Walmart store in Mahoning Township.

Serfass placed him on probation for two years and ordered he make restitution of $300, can not be on the store property during the length of the sentence, and render 100 hours of community service.

Jonathan Menendz-Lafata, 29, of Bloomsburg, Columbia County, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on Nov. 24, 2011, along North St., in Jim Thorpe. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.

Serfass sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $500, license suspended for a year, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on April 25.

Raphy Wayne Fisher, 59, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on Nov. 3, 2011, in the area of 125 N. First St. where police found him staggering and under the influence of alcohol.

He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service.

Joseph Reiprich, 23, of New Cumberland, Cumberland County, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Aug. 7, 2010, by Summit Hill police at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park. He was found to have drugs and drug paraphernalia on him.

Serfass imposed no penalty since the plea agreement called for if Reiprich successfully completed a rehabilitation program, which he did, there would be no further penalty. He will still have to pay court costs.

Michael J. Smith, 45, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy-retail theft. He was arrested on Dec. 15, 2011, by Mahoning Township police for an incident at the Walmart store. Smith fled in a vehicle prior to arrival of police but was later stopped. There is a co-defendant in the case.

Serfass deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office prepare a presentence investigation (PSI).

James M. Mulholland, 51, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of DUI, a first offense. He was arrested on Feb. 19 along Main Rd., in Franklin Township. Given a test, the result was .23BAC.

Serfass placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service.

Franklin P. Zerby, 59, of Slatington, formerly of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested on Dec. 10, 2011, at a residence along Lower Nis Hollow Road. Mahoning Township police responded to the residence for a domestic incident. Police listed Amanda Smith and Donna Fredericks as the victims.

Serfass sentenced him to time served (130 days) to one day less 24 months in prison, have no contact with the victims, and render 50 hours of community service.

Nancy Margaret Cordick, 53, of White Haven, pleaded to one count of DUI, a first offense. She was arrested on July 17, 2011, along SR534 in Kidder Township by a Hickory Run Park ranger. Given a test, the result was .38BAC.

She was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

Jermoe S. Zemlan, 46, of Albrightsville, and formerly of Lansford, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested by Lansford police on March 19, 2011, at 247 E. Ridge St. Police responded to the residence for a domestic incident with Stephanie Weirich the listed victim.

Serfass sentenced him to time served (five days) to one day less 24 months in prison, make restitution of $225, have no contact with the victim, and render 100 hours of community service.

Brian M. Reese, 29, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested by Lehighton police on March 11 for an incident at 108 Bridge St. with Jessica Hamm the listed victim. Police said it was a domestic incident.

Serfass sentenced Reese to time served (six days) to one day less 24 months in prison, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 100 hours of community service.

Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.