A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Thursday afternoon after pleading guilty to a drug charge. He was one of three defendants to enter a guilty pleas before Carbon County President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
William H. Hayes, 70, of Lehighton was sentenced to serve six to 12 months on a charge of possession of a controlled substance-heroin. The prison term will be followed by one year of probation.
He was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office who served a search warrant on his residence at 351 1/2 N. Second St. on Aug. 11, 2011. Found in the home was bags of heroin.
Hayes claimed that the drugs belonged to another person in the home but also admitted knowing they were there.
Nanovic noted that Hayes got a break from prosecutors in letting him plead to the possession count and not to more serious one with mandatory sentencing guidlines. He also noted Hayes had an extensive prior criminal record involving drugs.
He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and ordered the forfeiture of $2,334 seized during the warrant service.He was given credit for 156 days spent in prison to date on the charge.
Also entering pleas were:
Stephen Francis Rowe, 52, of White Haven, pleaded to one count of bad checks. He was arrested by state police at Fern Ridge for issuing a bad check to Michael R. Kenne, reportedly for rent. There were actually two bad checks issued but the plea agreement dropped one count but restitution for both be ordered.
Nanovic placed him on probation for four months and ordered total restitution of $1,630.
Shaina Louise Haas, 24, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on Aug. 9, 2011, along Lincoln Ave., in Bowmanstown, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.
As a first time offender, she was place on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, and get a D&A evaluation.
Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation ro parole.