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Lansford man gets jail time for assault incident at bar

Published May 18. 2010 05:00PM

A Lansford man was sentenced to a county jail term on Monday for an incident at a bar in his hometown.

Jack Humphries, 60, of 518 E. Patterson St., was sentenced by Carbon County Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve six to one day less 24 months in prison on a charge of simple assault. Humpries pleaded guilty to the charge on March 4.

Humphries was charged by borough police for an incident that occurred on June 2, 2008, at the Miners's Pub along E. Patterson Street. He was charged with cutting the left hand of bartender Karen Mantz with glass from a broken beer glass because of a dispute over food.

The sentencing proceeding followed several court appearances by Humphries. He appeared to enter a guilty plea in 2009, but declined and asked for a trial. He returned to court in August and pleaded guilty before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. Later he filed a petition to withdraw his plea and Nanovic granted it following a hearing.

Mantz told Webb at the guilty plea in March that she has had five major reconstruction surgeries to her hand. She said she will never have full function of the hand and it has affected her ability to work and do only marginal things. The injury has resulted in major medical bills, which Humphries will have to pay. At the plea Mantz told Webb, "I sufferd all of this over a cheeseburger."

Yesterday Humphries claimed he had stopped drinking since the incident but Mantz disputed that statement.

Defense Atty. Gregory Lee Mousseau said there were many hours of negotiation with District Attorney Gary F. Dobias before reaching the plea bargain in the case. He said the case arises out of alcohol consumption.

Webb told Humphries, "You've impacted her life in a way it will never change. Sorry afterwards doesn't solve the problem."

There is a pending civil case in the matter as Mantz has sued Humphries for her medical bills.

Webb ordered total restitution of $92,068.27 for medical bills. He also ordered Humphries to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, imposed zero tolerance on D&A use for the entire length of the sentence, and have no contact with the victim. The deadly enhancement provision of the law was invoked in the case.

Humphries began the jail term immediately.

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