A Carbon County man was sentenced to a long prison term after pleading guilty to three driving under the influence (DUI) counts. He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty to be sentenced Monday in Carbon County court by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Total of five

Carl Franklin Kopack Jr., 45, of Lansford, was sentenced to a total of 185 days to two years in the county prison on three DUI counts.

Kopack previously admitted to a Feb. 12, 2011, stop along SR209 in Lansford. Given a test, the result was .21BAC. The second arrest occurred on March 17, 2010, along SR209 in Nesquehoning. A test revealed a .16BAC.

At the start of yesterday's proceedings Kopack pleaded to his third DUI, which occurred on June 4 in Summit Hill. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.

Matika noted that with the three cases, Kopack has a total of five drunk driving convictions.

The jail term will be followed by three years of probation.

In addition Kopack was ordered to pay total fines of $3,300; total license suspensions of four years, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance for D&A use, and render a total of 125 hours of community service when released on parole.

He will begin the jail term at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26.

Other cases

Other defendants sentenced by Matika included:

Kaela Marie Cusanelli, 25, of Nesquehoing, was sentenced on two DUI charges to a total of 95 days to two years, six months in prison.

She was arrested on Aug. 29, 2011, along Long Run Road, in Franklin Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .21BAC. The second arrest occurred on Dec. 4, 2011, along SR93 in Nesquehoning and charged by borough police. Given a test, the result was .21BAC.

The jail term will be followed by three years of probation.

She was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, render 100 hours of community service, zero tolerance on D&A use, pay a total of $1,800 in fines, and two years total license suspensions.

She will begin the jail term on Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. and was granted work release privileges.

Corey Scherer, 20, of Kunkletown, was sentenced to serve a total of two to 23 months in the county prison on two counts each of criminal trespass and receiving stolen property in two separate incidents.

He admitted previously to incidents on Dec. 5 and 7, 2011, both at 638 Lehigh St., Palmerton. He admitted his part in removing copper piping and wiring from the home in one incident and taking a 42-inch television in the second incident. There are two co-defendants in the case.

Scherer told Matika that he stole to support a drug addiction problem.

He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, render 100 hours of community service, supply a DNA sample, and have no contact with the victim. He was given credit for 71 days spent in jail on the charges.

He will not be released when his minimum is up because he has other charges pending, it was noted.

Scott R. Schulte, 23, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail on a DUI charge. He was arrested in November 2011 following a hit and run accident in the area of W. Ridge and Cortright sts., in Lansford. Given a test, the result was .24BAC.

He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, one year license suspension, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, render 25 hours of community service, and make restitution of $6,000 for damages in the accident.

He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on Oct. 29.

Mark B. Goff, 37, of Summit Hill, was sentenced to serve 30 days in the county prison on a DUI count. He was arrested on March 8 along White Bear Drive in Summit Hill. Given a test, the result was .24BAC.

Matika also ordered after the jail term that Goff be placed in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) for 23 months, which includes 60 days of electronic monitoring. After the 23 months he will be on three years probation.

Matika imposed zero tolerance on D&A use, and ordered he render 100 hours of community service.

He begins the jail term on Oct. 29 at 9 a.m.

Bryan James Baker, 25, of Weatherly, was sentenced to serve nine to 23 and a half months in prison on a charge of receiving stolen property. He admitted his part in the taking of a handgun from the home of his parents in Weatherly on Jan. 16.

Baker admitted to a serious drug addiction problem and admitted selling the gun to a drug dealer for drugs. The gun has been recovered and returned to the owner.

Matika also ordered Baker to get both D&A and mental health evaluations, zero tolerance on D&A use, render 100 hours of community service when out on parole, and supply a DNA sample. He was given credit for 251 days spent in jail on the charge.

Barry Lee Mills, 67, of Palmerton, was placed in the county's IPP with electronic monitoring on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Mills, 67, was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office after they served a search warrant on his residence. Found in the home were 17 tablets of opana, which he had no prescription.

Matika placed Mills in the program for six months and ordered zero tolerance on D&A use. He will be placed in the program beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 29.

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