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Another defendant in assault incident sentenced

Published June 24. 2011 05:00PM

The fourth of five men involved in an assault incident at a Carbon County development was sentenced Thursday in the county court.

Cole Kerschner, 20, of Lehighton, appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to be sentenced on charges of criminal-conspiracy to commit simple assault, criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and four counts of harassment.

He was involved in an incident that occurred in the Mt. Pocohontas development in Penn Forest Township that occurred on July 14, 2010.

Nanovic noted that Kerschner's involved in the incident was not as great as two of the others concerning the assaults but he was active in the smashing of windows and causing other damages.

Nanovic placed him on probation for 18 months on the conspiracy charge and 12 months on the mischief count, both running concurrently. On the summary disorderly conduct he was fined $200 and on the four harassments counts a total of $150 in fines.

He was also ordered to make total restitution to victims in the amount of $509, have no contact with the victims, do not go in the development during the length of the sentence, get his General Education Diploma (GED), render 25 hours of community service, get a D&A evaluation, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use. He must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation.

The three other defendants - Corey G. Kerschner, 41, and Todd Kerschner, 41, both of Lehighton, and Robert Mack, 30, of Slatedale, were previously sentenced after pleading guilty. The two Kerschner's got prison terms and Mack probation. The fifth defendant, Dylan Smith, 21, of Lehighton, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 5.

The five were involved in riot situation, state police at Fern Ridge said. It stemmed from a prior incident involving one of the Kerschner's and another person from the development. Several persons, including some of the defendants, sustained serious injuries in the melee, it was reported.

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