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Lehighton man gets jail time for vehicle break-ins

Published June 02. 2010 05:00PM

A Lehighton man, who previously pleaded guilty to entering various vehicles in his hometown and removing numerous items, was senetnced to a prison term on Tuesday.

Scott Thomas Heffelfinger, 22, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to served 11 to 22 months in prison on five charges. Heffelfinger pleaded guilty in five of 10 pending cases involving vehicle entries that occurred in July 2009. In a plea agreement the five other cases were dropped, but Heffelfinger had to make full restitution in all 10 cases.

Hefflefinger had pleaded to four counts of theft and one of receiving stolen property.

Webb said Heffelfinger's case was another example of what drug abuse can do to a person and his life. Heffelfinger admitted to a history of drug abuse.

Heffelfinger told Webb, "I feel horrible for what I did. I wasn't myself at the time."

In addition to the jail time Webb ordered total restitution of $2,425.23 to the various victims. He was also ordered to supply a DNA sample and pay the costs, zero tolerance imposed on drug or alcohol use, pay a $50 per month supervison fee, and given credit for 306 days spent in jail on the charges.

Webb said although Heffelfinger is close to his minimum term he can't be released until a pre-parole plan is approved by the adult probation office.

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