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Lansford teen sentenced to state prison term

Published February 01. 2011 05:00PM

A Lansford teen, formerly of Palmerton, was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday after he previously pleaded guilty to multiple criminal counts in seven pending cases.

Joshua Barlip, 19, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to a total of 26 to 52 months in a state prison on charges of robbery, burglary, indecent assault, unauthorized use of an automobile, possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property.

Webb told Barlip in a very short period of time he managed to build up a criminal record it would take years to normally do. Webb told Barlip, "There are two things you must get a handle on, drug addiction and your mental health."

Barlip, who has been in prison since his arrest in 2009, told Webb, "I'd like to apologize for my actions. To all my victims, the court and my family."

Barlip admitted to an addiction to heroin and has had mental health issues. He also has had problems while an inmate in the county prison, it was noted by Webb. One such incident occurred this week.

Webb added, "I believe the state system offers you a better chance of addressing your problems and getting the help you need."

Barlip pleaded to his part in a robbery that occurred on Dec. 18, 2009, at the home of Derek Hunsicker, of E. Snyder Ave., Lansford. Barlip was one of four arrested in the case and the last one to be sentenced with his three co-defendants previously pleading guilty and all sentenced to prison terms.

He also admitted to an indecent assault count for an incident on July 3, 2009, in which the victim was a then 17-year-old female.

The burglary count stems from a Aug. 22, 2010, incident in Lower Towamensing Township. The drug possession offense occurred on Aug. 17, 2009, in Palmerton.

The unauthorized use occurred on July 15, 2009, in the two receiving stolen property offenses occurred on Aug. 17, 2009.

The jail term was imposed on all counts accept the possession charge in which a fine of $300 was imposed.

Webb also ordered Barlip to pay total resitution to various victims of $2,997.78, get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommedations for treatment, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, have no contact with former co-defendants and any of his victims, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use.

He was given credit for 409 days spent in jail on the charges.

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