A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Thursday for his part in a melee at the county prison that left correctional officers injured and still recovering. He was one of nine defendants who previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges to be sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Jail fight

Joshua Michael Strohl, 27, of Ashfield, was sentenced to serve two to 12 months in a state prison on charges of simple assault and failure to disperse for an incident at the county jail.

Strohl was charged for his part in a fight at the county prison that occurred on April 7, 2012. Also charged in connection with the incident was Maurice Jamal Hampton, 21, Robert W. Monroe Jr., 52, Albrightsville, and Scott Thomas Heffelfinger, 25, of Lehighton.

Strohl's plea was to simple assault by mutual consent.

Strohl requested he be sent to a state prison citing there are many programs available to him to better himself and also there is help for a drug addiction problem he has been dealing with for years.

In addition to the jail term Strohl was ordered to render 50 hours of community service when released on parole, supply a DNA sample, got both drug and alcohol (D&A) and mental health evaluations, zero tolerance imposed on drug or alcohol use, and make restitution of $21,478 paid to date by the county's insurance carrier for medical services provided for injured correction officers.

Following his sentencing a probation violation proceeding was held in which Strohl admitted to the violations charged by the adult probation office. Matika resentenced him to serve six to 12 months in a state prison with the term to run consecutive to the sentence imposed on the assault count. He was given credit for eight days spent in jail on the assault count.

Other cases

Other defendants sentenced included:

Maurice Jamal Hampton, 21, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to serve one to 12 months in prison on charges of simple assault-mutual consent, and failure to disperse. He was one of the four charged, along with Strohl, in the fight at the prison.

He was also ordered to render 50 hours of community service when released on parole, and make restitution of $21,478 for medical bills. He was given credit for 23 days spent in jail on the charges.

Joshua Albani, 26, of Minersville, was sentenced to serve a total of 12 to 36 months in a state prison on charges of theft, unauthorized use of an automobile, criminal trespass, and possession of a controlled substance.

He was arrested for the unauthorized use charge on July 13, 2012, at Hickory Run State Park, Kidder Township. He was involved in a accident and fled the scene but was later caught.

Albani was recently sentenced in Luzerne County on other counts to serve seven to 14 months in prison, but was given credit for seven months spent in jail on the charges and parole.

Matika also ordered him to make total restitution of $6,330.40, supply a DNA sample, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, render 100 hours of community service when released on parole, and have no contact with any of his victims. He was given credit for 181 days spent in jail on the charges.

Jeffrey A. Miles, 49, of Allentown, was sentenced to serve 90 days to 24 months in prison on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He was arrested on Feb. 19, 2012, along Mauch Chunk St., by Mahoning Township police. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.

He was also ordered to render 100 hours of community service when released on parole, zero tolerance on D&A use, pay a fine of $500, and license suspended for one year. He was given credit for 55 days spent in jail on the charge. He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on March 8.

Jesse James Snyder III, 46, of Walnutport, was sentenced to serve five days to six months in jail on a DUI count and 90 days in jail on a charge of driving while under suspension-DUI related. The jail terms run concurrently.

On the DUI charge he was ordered to render 25 hours of community service, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, pay a fine of $300, and license suspended for a year. On the suspension count he was ordered to pay a fine of $1,000.

He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on March 8.

Thomas Frederick Danko, 34, of Wilkes-Barre, was sentenced to serve 15 to 30 months in a state prison on a charge of flight to avoid apprehension. He was arrested for an incident on June 19, 2012, at Hickory Run State Park in Kidder Township. Danko was at the park with another person and fled when state parole officers attempted to take him into custody for a parole violation.

He told Matika he is currently in the state prison at Frackville serving a nine month term for a technical violation. He added he will get another nine months due to the Carbon charges.

Matika ordered he render 50 hours of community service when paroled, and supply a DNA sample.

Tara Elizabeth Wentz, 29, of Lehighton, was placed on probation for six months on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on Oct. 14, 2012, along Cedar St., by Franklin Township police.

She was also ordered to render 25 hours of community service, get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.

Paul J. Biesaideski, 45, of Dupont, Luzerne County, was sentenced to serve 10 days in the county prison on a DUI charge followed by five months and 20 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP), with 50 days of that on electronic monitoring.

He was also ordered to render 25 hours of community service, pay a fine of $300, license suspended for a year, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use. He began the jail term immediately.

Adam Stratchko, 24, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail followed by 23 months in the IPP with 60 days of electronic monitoring on a DUI count. That term will be followed by three years of probation. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,500, license suspended for 18 months, render 100 hours of community service, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.

On a resisting arrest charge he was placed on probation for a year concurrent with the DUI count. He begins the jail term at 9 a.m. on March 1.

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