Coaldale man among three sentenced to prison terms
A Coalalde man was among three men sentenced on Monday in Schuylkill County court to jail terms. The three were found guilty of criminal charges, one by a judge following a non-jury trial and two by a jury.
Timothy Stephen Keer, 46, of 101 E. Philip St., who was found guilty of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol following a non-jury trial held last May 12, was sentenced by Judge D. Michael Stine to serve two to six months in the county prison.
He was also ordered to pay a fine of $750 and court costs, pay $100 to the Substance Abuse Education (SAE) fund, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA), and attend the alcohol highway safe driving school. On two summary charges of driving while his operating privileges were suspended he was fined $200 and careless driving fined $25 plus $100 in costs. Keer was cited by Patrolman Charles Blesse, Coaldale police, on Dec. 12.
Todd Matthew Richter, 43, Pottsville, was found guilty by a jury last June 4 of stabbing Francis Anthony Kromer with a switch blade following an argument in Kromer's apartment on Jan. 21, 2008. Kromer suffered serious injuries in the incident. Richter was sentenced by Stine to serve six to 14 years in a state correctional institution and make restitution of $23,587 to the victim.
In imposing the sentence Stine commented that a lot of lives were altered by the incident and it was like a bad nightmare for the victim and his family. Richter had been found guilty of aggravated assault causing bodily injury, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a prohibitive weapon and two counts of simple assaut.
The testimony at the trial indicated the stabbing occurred following a verbal encounter Richter had with Kromes at 219 N. 20th Street. Richter claimed it was self defense and that he responded to Kromer's apartment to verify the safety of Kromer's wife who was the daughter of Richter's fiance.
Laron Philmore, 25, an inmate in the state correctional institution in Ryan Township, who was found guilty by a jury last Feb. 12 of assaulting a prison guard was sentenced by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin to serve 27 to 54 months consecutive to the current sentence he is now serving.
Dolbin commented correctional officers work under difficult circumstances and the court will not tolerate such conduct. Philmore was seeking a concurrent sentence claiming only he was being given a difficult time by the officers and hoped to get out on parole after serving his minimum sentence.