Teen given a long prison term
A Dauphin County teen was sentenced to a long state prison term Tuesday in Carbon County court for his part in a home invasion incident in Penn Forest last year.
He was one of several defendants who previously pleaded guilty to criminal charges to be sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
Jarod Brown, 17, of Harrisburg, will be serving a total of 25-to-96 months in a state prison on charges of robbery, theft and escape.
Brown, who has a long juvenile record, was arrested by state police at Lehighton for an incident that occurred in Penn Forest Township on Oct. 30, 2010.
Brown, Curtis Anthony Young, 17, of Philadelphia, and Wellington Mayo, 15, of Reading, all escaped from the Camp Adams juvenile facility in the township. The trio were charged as adults because they utilized a deadly weapon during the commission of a robbery. The three had been placed at the camp by various courts.
The trio forcibly entered the home of Dennis and Joyce Mikolawski along Behrens Road. They threatened the couple with a large piece of wood. They took cash from the couple and then took their car.
They were later spotted by Kidder Township police along SR903. Township police attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver sped away. A chase began and continued onto Interstate 80 eastbound at high rates of speed. The vehicle was stopped in the Tannersville area when stop sticks were used.
"I messed up," Brown told the judge. "There was a misunderstanding."
Nanovic took exception to that claim.
"How was there a misunderstanding? You entered the home, threatened the elderly residents and took money and their vehicle," the judge responded.
Nanovic said the victims were traumatized by the incident.
Nanovic said the police report and interviews with the victims indicated that Brown was the leader among the three assailants.
Nanovic said in deciding on a sentence he took into consideration Brown's age, adding that the defendant still had time to turn his life around if he takes advantage of the help offered in the state system.
Nanovic also ordered Brown to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations, attend and complete anger management counseling, have no contact with the victims or his co-defendants in the case, make total restitution of $2,393.82 to the victim and their insurance carrier.
He was given credit for 324 days spent in jail to date on the charges.
Alec Robert Kresge, 23, formerly of Andreas, was sentenced to time served (43 days) to one day less 24 months in prison on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-marijuana.
He was arrested on Jan. 4 by Lehighton police following a vehicle stop along Blakeslee Blvd. Found in the vehicle were various packaging materials used in drug dealing and marijuana.
Kresge is currently serving a three- to one-day-less-than-24 month prison term in Lehigh County on unrelated charges.
Kresge, who admitted to a long-term drug addiction problem, said he has sought help for his addiction. He said he plans on entering the "New Beginnings" substance abuse program. The program includes a minimum of six months inpatient treatment.
"No matter what happens today, I plan on going to the program," Kresge told Nanovic.
Nanovic also made part of his sentencing order that Kresge enter the program. He was also ordered to supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, get both D&A and mental health evaluations, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, with random testing. The sentence runs concurrent with his Lehigh County term.
Kresge was paroled by Nanovic but must return to Lehigh County to finish that sentence.
Other defendants sentenced included:
Anthony John Naimon III, 42, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve 30 days to six months in prison on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. He was arrested on Feb. 13 along Broadway in Jim Thorpe. Given a test, the result was .18 BAC.
Naimon will serve the first two days in prison and the remaining 28 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring.
Nanovic noted that Naimon has four prior DUI convictions starting with the first in 1989.
"What has to happen for you to get the message?" Nanovic asked Naimon.
In addition to the jail term Naimon was ordered to pay a fine of $1,500, license suspended for a year, get a D&A evaluation and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use with random testing.
He will begin the jail term on Monday, Sept. 26, at 9 a.m.
Brain Adam Wardell, 21, of Kunkletown, was sentenced to time served (19 days) to 23 months in prison on a charge of theft and receiving stolen property.
He was arrested by Franklin Township police on Jan. 14 entering a home along Reber Street and removing radiators from the home. The property is owned by John and Marianne Lavelle, of Lehighton.
Wardell and his father, Richard Alexander Wardell, 45, also of Kunkletown, were arrested by police in the act. His father previously entered a guilty plea to criminal trespass and was sentenced.
Nanovic ordered Wardell to have no contact with the victims, maintain full-time employment, get a D&A evaluation, work on getting his GED (General Education Diploma), and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use with random testing.
Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, plus a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.