Seven sentenced on criminal counts
Seven defendants who previously entered guilty pleas were sentenced on Monday in Carbon County court by Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Leroy Stevens, 46, of Weissport, was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail on a charge of driving under suspension-DUI related, and one year probation on a charge of false identification to law enforcement. The terms run concurrent to each other.
He was arrested on Feb. 19 by Nesquehoning police in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store along E. Catawissa St. Police checked while he was in the lot as the store was closed. He gave a false name. He said he gave the false name because he had no license. It was later learned his license was under suspension for DUI.
Serfass also ordered Stevens to pay a fine of $500 on the suspension count, render three hours of community service per month while under supersvision by the probation office, and his license will be suspended for another year.
He will serve the 90 days in three-day periods each week from Monday to Thursday, beginning on Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.
James Hunsinger, 33, of Freeland, and formerly of Weatherly, was sentenced to serve six to 23 months in prison on a charge of theft.
He was arrested by Weatherly police for removing a laptop computer and a Playstation from the home of his brother, Paul Hunsinger.
The jail term will be followed by one year probation. Serfass also ordered Hunsinger to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, get outpatient counseling for D&A abuse, and render three hours of community service per month while on supervision with the probation office.
He was given credit for 163 days spent in jail to date on the charge.
Marc Richard Spinelli, 24, of Pottstown, was sentenced to serve one to 23 months in prison on a charge of simple assault.
He was arrested by Kidder Township police for an incident on May 15, 2010, in a residence in the Lake Harmony area. He was scheduled to go on trial earlier this year but in a plea bargain entered he plea. In exchange the district attorney's office dropped more serious charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two indecent assault counts.
Spinelli told Serfass he still disputes the sexual assault allegations. He said he and others, including the victim, had been drinking alcohol in excess the night of the incident.
The victim, from the Philadelphia area, who did not report the incident until two days later, said she has been affected emotionally by the incident and has to undergo counseling sessions and changed her life-style.
In addition the the jail term Serfass ordered Spinelli to make restitution to the victim for $945.28 for lost wages, have no contact with the victim, get both a D&A and mental health evaluations, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render three hours of community service per month while under supervision by the adult probation office.
He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on Nov. 7.
Brian Patrick Chatham, 48, of Philadelphia, and formerly of Albrightsville, was sentenced to serve a total of two to 24 months in a state prison on charges of institutional vandalism and terroristic threats.
He was arrested for the first count at the county prison where he damaged his cell on May 10, 2010. The threats count stems from a incident on April 25 at the Hickory Run Court in Kidder Township.
Serfass also ordered Chatham to make restitution of $170 to the county for the damages at the jail, have no contact with the victim in the threats case, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use and attend and complete anger management counseling.
He was given credit for a total of 63 days spent in jail on the charges. Serfass said the prison term will run concurrent with a state term Chatham is currently serving which was imposed in Northampton County.
Robert James Moore Jr., of Shippensburg, was placed on probation for six months on a charge of recklessly endangering another person.
He was arrested by Nesquehoning police for an incident on Aug. 23, 2010. The incident began in Rush Township, Schuylkill County, and ended in Kidder Township, as Moore fled police in a high speed chase. Speeds reached 120 miles-per-hour during the chase, police said. Moore was operating a motorcycle at the time. When caught Moore cooperated with police and gave them the name of another motorcyclist involved in the chase.
Serfass also ordered Moore perform three hours of community service per month while on probation.
Raymond Robert Kochin Jr., 19, of Weatherly, was sentenced to time served (nine days) to 23 months in prison on a charge of corruption of a minor and one year probation on a charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor. The probation term runs consecutive to the prison term.
Kochin was arresetd on Feb. 7 by Weatherly police for an incident involving a then 10-year-old girl. Charges of unlawful contact with a minor and sexual explortation of a child were dropped in a plea bargain.
Police alleged that Kochin supplied alcohol and cocaine to the girl. At the time of the plea, it was noted the girl's mother approved of the plea bargain.
Serfass also ordered Kochin to pay a fine of $1,000 on the furnishing charge, have no contact with the victim, get both a D&A and mental health evaluations, and zero tolerance on D&A use.
Dale Ann Stevens, 49, of Weissport, was placed on probation for 24 months on a charge of receiving stolen property.
She was arrested on June 28, 2010, by Nesquehoning police for an incident at Redner's Warehouse Market involving the theft of $58.33 worth of merchandise.
Serfass also ordered her to render three hours of community service per month while on probation. She was given a credit for one day spent in jail on the charge.
Each defendant must also pay all court costs, which average near $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.