An Albrightsville man admitted in Carbon County court on Tuesday to a string of break-ins that occurred in Penn Forest Township last year.
Buenavetura Juan Sanchez, 22, was one of several defendants who entered guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
Shanchez admitted to entering homes in the Indian Mountain Lakes development. In four pending cases, Shanchez pleaded to three counts of theft, all misdemeanors, and one count of criminal trespass, as a felony two. In the case burglary and other counts were dropped in a plea bargain.
Sanchez entered residences in August, October and November. In one entry he removed a Dell computer tower, in another a Playstation and various DVDs and CDs were removed while in another entry food items and change was taken. One home was entered but nothing was removed.
Sanchez told the court he suffered from a mental health issue and may have contributed to his actions.
Nanovic accepted the pleas but deferred sentencing and ordered a presentence investigation (PSI) be prepared by the adult probation office.
After the proceeding concluded and as Sanchez was signing the guilty plea paperwork he passed out and collapsed. He was helped from the courtroom by sheriff deputies. It was later learned the medication he was taking for his health problems may have caused the incident. He was not injured.
Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included the following:
David A. Candelario, 28, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was arrested by Lansford police police on June 25 for assaulting his neighbor, Anthony Sorokaput, in the area of 310 E. Snyder Ave.
Defense Atty. Gregory Lee Mousseau told the court that his client has suffered from mental health issues for at least the past five years. Candelario said he had been committed to mental health facilities 11 times in the last five years. However, medication he has been prescribed has helped him control his problems, he told Nanovic.
Nanovic sentenced him to serve one to one day less 24 months in prison and ordered he continue his mental health treatment. He was given credit for 76 days spent in jail to date on the charge.
Timothy Keith Moser, 39, of Weissport, pleaded to one count of defiant trespass. He was arrested by Lehighton police for illegally entering the property at 132-136 N. First St., on June 3.
Moser is currently in the county prison on a parole violation.
Nanovic sentenced him to serve three to 12 months in prison with the term to run concurrent with any other sentences he is currently serving. He was also given credit for 89 days spent in jail to date on the charge.
Loriann L. Markley, 43, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI). She was arrested on July 11 along Springgarden St., in Lansford. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.
Nanovic sentenced her to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300 and one year license suspension. She must also get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment. She was given credit for five days already served in jail and immediately paroled.
Nikki M. Rehrig, 49, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of retail theft, rated as a felony three. She was arrested by Jim Thorpe police for an incident at the Jim Thorpe Market on May 26 for taking five bags of Scott's mulch. Nanovic noted this is her fifth conviction for retail theft.
Nanovic placed her on probation for two years and ordered she make restitution of $29.95, continue mental health treatment and supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.
Michele Somakah, 43, of Allentown, pleaded to one count of DUI of a controlled substance. She was arrested on May 15, 2007, along Bridge St., in Lehighton, after being involved in an accident.
Nanovic deferred sentencing to a later date.
Kirk John Childs, 18, of Slatington, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on Oct. 23, 2008, for an incident at the Educare Center in Weissport.
Police charged he threatened to shoot everyone at the center. Childs denied the threat but later apologized for his conduct at the center.
Nanovic placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, zeror tolerance on drug or alcohol use and not possess any alcohol or unprescribed drugs.
Barbara Ann Mika, 39, of Harrisburg, pleaded to one count each of DUI and hit and run. She was arrested on Feb. 7 in the area of 17 W. Ludlow St., Summit Hill, after being involved in a hit and run accident. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.
Nanovic sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in prison, a fine of $1,000 and one year license suspension. She must also make restitution of $1,245.05 for damages to a parked car and get a D&A evaluation.
She begins the jail term on Monday, Sept. 14.
Earl Eldridge, 29, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of DUI of a controlled substance. He was arrested on Oct. 9, 2008, along SR903 in Jim Thorpe.
Nanovic deferred sentencing to a later date.
Jesus A. Morales, 28, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on April 19 at his residence after police responded to the home for a disturbance. Morales admitted to mental health issues which he is being treated.
Nanovic placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get both a D&A and mental health evaluations.
Kristine M. Barrett, 27, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of DUI. She was arrested on Oct. 4, 2007, along Gypsy Hill Road in Lehighton after being involved in an accident. Given a test, the result was .13BAC. She was previously placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Dispositoin (ARD) probation program for first time offenders but revoked for not paying fines and costs.
Nanvoic sentenced he to serve 48 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $500 and one year license suspension. He must also get a D&A evaluation and render three hours of community service per month while on probation.
All the defendants must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee.