A Carbon County woman entered guilty pleas in seven pending criminal cases on Thursday afternoon in the county court and was sentenced to a state prison term. She also faces a big restitution bill.
Stephanie N. Lill, 26, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of burglary, three counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of theft, and one count each of criminal conspiracy-receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.
She was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve two to four years in a state correctional institution.
Lill admitted stealing jewelry, cash and other items from residences in Lehighton, Mahoning Township and Summit Hill over a period beginning in October 2013 through March of this year.
Lill told Serfass she stole from family, friends and neighbors to feed a serious heroin habit.
She told the judge, "I'm sorry I did this. I just want to get this over with and get on with my life."
Three of the victims of her crime spree spoke to the court; two were relatives and/or close friends. Both said they hoped she got the help she needed.
Serfass said, "This is really a sad situation." He said the drugs used may have been the reason for the crimes but added, "that does not excuse you from anything." Serfass added that the best help available to help Lill was in the state prison system.
The listed victims of Lill's crimes were Diggity Dog business, Gary Huntington, James McElmoyle, Gerri Hawk, Michael and Debra Furey, all of Lehighton; Luna Balliet of Mahoning Township; and Shalmar Mantz of Summit Hill.
In addition to the jail term, Serfass ordered Lill to make total restitution to the various victims of $6,343, supply a DNA sample, pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and when released render 200 hours of community service.
She was given credit for a total of 105 days spent in prison on the charges.