Lehighton man given state prison term; others sentenced
A Lehighton man, with a long prior criminal record, was sentenced to a state prison term Monday in Carbon County court for his part in a theft incident. He was one of several defendants who previously entered guilty pleas that were sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.
David Michael Eisenhower, 30, was sentenced by Webb to seve one to two years on a count of receiving stolen property and six months state probation on a charge of harassment, both running concurrently.
Eisenhower previously admitted his part in the theft of a 1997 Freightliner tractor and trailer from Railroad Resources of Allentown and located at the time in Franklin Township at the time it was stolen.
Eisenhower has a long criminal record with a new charge pending, which he say he plans to go to trial on.
Eisenhower told Webb, "I made a lot of mistakes and I'm ready to face the consequences." He said he was a long-term drug abuser and blamed the drug use for most of his criminal activity. He said drugs ruins a person's life and he is an example of how drugs can send a person into a "dark tunnel".
Webb also ordered Eisenhower to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, get both a drug and alcohol (D&A) and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment; with zero tolerance imposed on D&A use. He was given credit for 135 days spent in jail on the charges.
Gerald Lee Wentz, 20, of Lehighton, was sentenced on three criminal cases.
Wentz previously pleaded to three counts of burglary for incidents that occurred in May and June 2008. Webb sentenced him to a total of time served (345 days) to 23 months in prison. The sentence was broken down for each count running concurrently.
Webb gave Wentz credit for spending 280 days in the Salvation Army intensive inpatient drug rehabilitation program, which he called very difficult but extremely helpful to drug addicts. The rest of the credit was given for time spent in prison by Wentz.
Wentz told Webb he was a heroin user and said the Salvation Army program turned his life around. He said he is fulltime employed, a father, and drug free.
Webb also ordered Wentz to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, zero tolerance on drug or alcohol use, make restitution totaling $645 to the various victims of the break-ins, and he has no contact with the victims.
Other defendants sentenced by Webb included:
Michael Anthony Jordan II, 25, of Harrisburg, formerly of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve six to 23 months in prison on charges of possession of a controll substance-heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jordan was arrested on Oct. 30, 2008, at his residence on the heroin charge and Oct. 31, 2008 by Palmerton police for the paraphernalia charge.
Jordan told Webb he had gone through a rehabilitation program in the Harrisburg area and has been drug free for 22 months. He added, "I accept full responsibility for what I did."
Webb also ordered Jordan to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, zero tolerance on drug or alcohol use, and is eligible for the re-entry program. He was given credit for 132 days on the possession count and 129 days on the paraphernalia charge for time spent in prison.
He begins the jail term at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 26.
Heather Ann Rex, 24, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve seven to 23 months in prison on drug-related charges. She previously pleaded to one count of criminal use of a communications facility, using a cellular phone to arrange a drug deal, and possession of a controlled substance-crack cocaine.
She was arrested on Oct. 7, 2009, by agents of the state Attorney General's office for selling cocaine out of a Lehighton area. She has a long history of drug abuse, it was noted.
The prison term was imposed on the communications count and one year porobation on the possession charge, running consecutively. She was also ordered to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and was made eligible for the re-entry program. She was given credit for 195 days spent in jail in the charges.
David A. Acevedo, 26, of Philadelphia, formerly of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve four to 23 months in jail on a charge of aggravated assault.
He was arrested on Nov. 9, 2009, at a home along North St. in the borough where police and emgerency personnel responded to a reported drug overdose. At the scene police found Acevedo under the influence of drugs. When ambulance personnel attempted to place him on a litter for transport he fought with them resulting in the assault charges.
He was also ordered to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, get both a D&A and mental health evaluations, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, make restitution of $216.26 and is eligible for the re-entry program. He was given credit for 35 days spent in jail on the charge.
Acevedo is currently serving a three to six month prison term for a parole violation. Webb ruled the new sentence runs concurrent with the present one.
Michael Steven Cardone, 23, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve five to 23 months in prison followed by three years of probation on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.
He was arrested on June 28, 2009, by Palmerton police in the area of 206 Princeton Ave. where officers responded to a report of a drug overdose.
Webb also ordered he supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, get both a D&A and mental health evaluations, and zero tolerance imposed on drug or alcohol use. He is entitled to credit for time already spent in prison which will be determined by the probation office.
Indira Kutlu, 47, of Lehighton, was sentenced to time served (24) days to 18 months in jail on a charge of terroristic threats and one year probation on a harassment charge, with the terms running concurrently.
She was arrested by Palmerton police after she called the Palmerton Telephone Company answering service and made threats to Dr. Christopher Imber of the Carbon Medical Associates. Webb had found her guilty of the charges at a non-jury trial.
She was also ordered to have no contact with the victim and get a mental health evaluation.
Allan Pauley, 39, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced to serve three to 12 months in prison on a charge of receiving stolen property. He was arrested on Jan. 11, 2009, by Kidder Township police for his part in the theft of a 2002 Honda CRV owned by Paret A. Andrian. Webb said Pauley's prior criminal record called for a prison term in the instant case.
He was also ordered to get a mental health evaluation. He was given credit for nine days spent in jail on the charge and began the jail term immediately.
Gregory Neil Tobin, 53, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail on a charge of driving while under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested on March 18, 2009, by Franklin Township police. He was also charged with DUI of a controlled substance, but that charge was dropped in a plea bargain.
He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and his license will be suspended for another year. He will begin serving the sentence of weekends for the first 60 days and then serve 30 days straight. He begins the term Friday.
All defendants must pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.