An Albrightsville man was placed on a long probation term Monday in Carbon County court for a series of break-ins in the Penn Forest Township area while a Nesquehoning man was sent to jail for drunk driving. Both defendants were sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic.
Buenavetura Juan Sanchez, 23, was placed on probation for a total of four years on four criminal counts stemming from four entries made in the Albrightsville area of the township.
Sanchez was charged with entries that occurred on Aug. 19 and 28, Oct. 28 and Nov. 15. The homes were in the Indian Mountain Lakes development.
Nanovic went along with a recommendation by the adult probation office for a probationary sentence because, in part, Sanchez had no prior criminal contacts and also has mental health issues.
Sanchez told Nanovic that he had been receiving counseling since his arrest, is enrolled in a program for person with disabilitites and a vocation-technical program to learn a trade.
He told Nanovic, "I apologize for my acts and the problems I caused the victims."
Sanchez said he receives mental health counseling twice a week.
Nanovic also ordered Sanchez to continue counseling, continue taking his medication, have no contact with the victims or a co-defendant in one of the entries, and supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.
Vito Lopiccolo, 59, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced to serve 90 days to five years in jail on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. Lopiccolo was arrested on April 16 along SR209 in Nesquehoning after being involved in an accident.
At his prior appearance to enter a guilty plea, Lopiccolo appeared in court under the influence. He was given a breath test by the adult probation office which showed a .13BAC. At that time Nanovic jailed him overnight for contempt of court. The next day Lopiccolo, sober, pleaded guilty.
However, he had another incident. While on bail awaiting sentencing he was ordered at the plea hearing not to consume any alcohol. He tested positive for alcohol use and the probation office revoked him from the unsecured bail and jailed him.
He applied for bail and Nanovic ordered he post $5,000 cash. Bail was posted and Lopiccolo had no further problems. Yesterday Nanovic agreed to reduce the court costs relative to the cash bail, meaning Lopiccolo will have to pay $500 costs, not the usual $1,000 or 20 percent.
Lopiccolo had applied for placement in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring but was rejected by the probation office.
Nanovic ordered he pay a fine of $1,500, license suspension of 18 months, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance on D&A use for the entire five years of the sentence, render three hours of community service per month while on supervision and pay a $50 per month supervision fee.
He will begin the jail term on Nov. 16 at noon.