An Albrightsville man was sentenced on Thursday in Carbon County court to a state prison term for numerous burglaries he committed in the Penn Forest Township area. He also faces a big restitution bill.
John Angelo Larocco, 24, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to serve a total of 36 to 72 months in a state prison followed by five years of probation. He was also ordered to pay total restitution of over $30,000.
Larocco previously pleaded guilty to five counts of burglary and one count of criminal trespass. Larocco was involved in a total of 18 burglaries that occurred over a period of time back in September 2011. Larocco's method of breaking into homes was kicking in a door. Various personal items were removed from the homes.
Larocco was caught by state police at Fern Ridge when troopers responded to one of the break-ins while in progress. Larocco was found walking nearby the home that was entered, carrying a bag containing items from the home. He later admitted to his involvement in the other entries.
Although he pleaded to just five of the 18 burglaries, the plea agreement he made with the district attorney's office called for him to make restitution in all 18 break-ins.
Larocco told Matika that he had a long-term drug addiction problem and was committing the crimes to get money to buy drugs. Larocco said because of his incarceration on the charges he is drug free and promised the court he would get help for his problem.
Defense Attorney Joseph D. Perilli asked the court to consider a shorter probation period than the five years agreed to in the plea bargain. However, District Attorney Gary F. Dobias took issue with that request.
He said the plea agreement was a fair one considering all the felony charges involved. He added that he did not think it was proper for the defendant to ask to change the agreement on the day of sentencing. Matika agreed.
Larocco was also ordered to get both a drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendation for treatment; zero tolerance imposed on D&A use; supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee; render 100 hours of community service when released on parole; pay court costs, which average about $1,000; and pay a $50 per month supervision fee when on parole and probation. He was given credit for 332 days spent in jail on the charges.