A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term Thursday in the county court for his part in a robbery. He was one of eight defendants who previously entered guilty pleas who were sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Palmerton incident

Freddie M. Knight, 39, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve 16 to 36 months in a state prison on a charge of robbery.

He was one of three arrested by Palmerton police in connection with a pair of robberies that occurred at the Convenient Food Mart, 643 Delaware Ave., within a span of four days from April 26-29, 2012.

Arrested with Knight were James Dee Archer, 33, and Arlene Ann Jones, 44, both of Palmerton. Archer is scheduled to enter a guilty plea before Matika on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Jones is scheduled to go on trial on charges related to the robberies during the March term of criminal court.

Knight told Matiak, "If I could take it back I would. It wasn't me." Knight said he was intoxicated at the time and was led to the crime by Archer. He said he never got any of the money taken in the robbery because he turned it over to Archer.

Matika also ordered Knight to make restitution of $255.93, his share of the money taken, supply a DNA sample, get both drug and alcohol (D&A) and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and stay out of the victim store when released on parole.

He was given credit for 302 days spent in jail to date on the charge.

Theft incidents

Robert T. Fisher Sr., 48, of Bethlehem, was sentenced to serve a total of 12 to 24 months in a state prison on two counts of theft and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He also faces a substantial restitution bill.

Fisher previously admitted taking copper wiring from a PPL substation along Gap Road in Lower Towamensing Township. State police at Lehighton caught him with the wiring, valued at over $24,000. The incident occurred Aug. 26, 2010. Troopers were called to the area for a report of suspicious activity. Troopers stopped Fisher in the area and found the copper wiring and several pieces of copper fuse fittings in the vehicle.

The second theft also occurred along Golf Road involving Aliance Sand Company as the victim.

Fisher, it was noted, has an extensive prior criminal record and has been the subject of numerous bench warrants for failure to appear for court appearances.

In addition to the jail term Matika ordered Fisher to make restitution to PPL for $24,086, and to Alliance Sand Company for $14,343.70. He must also get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, supply a DNA sample, and when released on parole render 100 hours of community service.

He was given credit for 96 days spent in jail on the charges.

Other cases

Other defendants sentenced by Matika included:

Scott Thomas Heffelfinger, 25, of Lehighton, was sentenced to a total of four to 12 months in the county prison on one count each of simple assault, persistent disorderly conduct, and unauthorized use of an automobile. The jail term will be followed by two years of probation.

He was charged with the assault and conduct counts for his part in a fight at the county prison that occurred on April 7, 2011. He was one of five charged in connection with the incident. He also faces a large restitution bill for medical expenses.

Also charged were inmates Robert W. Monroe Jr., Marquise Timothy Granger, Joshua Michael Strohl, and Maurice Jamal Hampton.

Nesquehoning police, who filed the charges, reported the fight resulted in injuries to several inmates and correction officers who tried to break up the fight.

Heffelfinger admitted striking Hampton during the incident. Hampton has entered a plea to his part in the incident.

The authorized use charge stems from a Aug. 3, 2011, incident in Palmerton. He was charged by borough police with operating the vehicle of Joann Schoenberger, which was previously reported stolen. He was not charged with the theft of the vehicle.

Matika noted that Heffelfinger has had three separate misconducts at the prison since his incarceration on charges and the court considered a state prison term.

Matika said, however, that he would give Heffelfinger "one more chance" by imposing a county jail term.

In addition to the jail term Matika ordered Heffelfinger to make restitution of $21,478 for medical bills, get both D&A and mental health evaluations, zero tolerance on D&A use, attend and successfully complete a anger management course, get his General Education Diploma (GED), and render a total of 150 hours of community service when released on parole.

Raymond D. Deluna, 42, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve five days to six months in jail on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge.

He was arrested on July 4, 2012, along Catawissa St., in Nesquehoning, by borough police. Given a test, the result was .20BAC.

He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, pay a fine of $300, license suspended for a year, and render 25 hours of community service. The jail term is consecutive to a 90 day jail term he is currently serving in Lehigh County for a probation violation.

On a summary charge of driving under suspension, he was fined $200 and costs.

Jason Wilk, 28, of Lehighton, was placed on probation for a year on one count each of theft and possession of a controlled substance. The terms run concurrently.

He was arrested on the theft count on Jan. 26, 2012, by East Penn Township police for entering a storage shed on the property of Vincent and Valerie Macalush along Riverview Rd., and removing various items.

He was arrested on the possession count by Nesquehoning police for an incident at the prison. He was brought to the prison by state police on other charges and attempted to bring oxycodone into the jail.

Matika also ordered Wilk to make restitution to the victims of $1,200, which is his one-half share of the total due, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, render 50 hours of community service, and get his GED.

Shawn Michael Neff, 27, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve one to 12 months in a state prison on a charge of resisting arrest. He was arrested on Nov. 8, 2011, in the area of 591 Main Road, in Franklin Township.

Township police responded to the area at the request of Lehighton police who were seeking to serve an arrest warrant on Neff. When found Neff resisted being taken into custody.

Neff is currently serving a 24 to 60 month state prison term on other charges. Matika said the new term is consecutive to the one he is currently serving. He was also ordered to get both D&A and mental health evaluations, and render 50 hours of community service when released on parole.

Anthony Louis Seo, 29, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve five days to six months in jail on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Feb. 12, 2012, along Delaware Avenue in Palmerton by borough police. Given a test, the result was .26BAC.

The jail term will be followed by five months and 25 days on probation with 40 days spent in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring.

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

He was also fined a total of $150 plus costs on six summary motor vehicle code violations.

He begins the jail term on Monday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m.

Leo Stephen Cheresnowsky, 59, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced to serve 10 days to six months in prison on a DUI count. He was arrested on July 29, 2012, along Catawissa St., in Nesquehoning, by borough police, after being involved in an accident. Given a test, the result was .20BAC.

The jail term will be followed by five months and 20 days on probation with 50 days spent in the IPP with electronic monitoring.

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

He will begin the jail term at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, and serve it on consecutive weekends of two days for the first two weekends, and one day on the third.

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