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Lehighton man given state prison term on gun count

Published August 14. 2012 05:01PM

A Lehighton man was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday in Carbon County court on a firearms count.

Kareem D. Sanders, 19, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve 12 to 60 months in a state correction institution on a charge of possession of a firearm with manufacturer number altered. He previously pleaded guilty to the charge plus a count of unsworn falsification.

Sanders was arrested on Sept. 15, 2011, by Lansford police.

On the falisfication charge he was sentenced to serve three to 24 months in a state prison concurrent with the firearms count.

Serfass rejected a request from defense Attorney Michael Gough to run the sentence concurrent with a Monroe County term Sanders is serving.

In June Sanders was sentenced in Monroe to serve 15 to 36 months in a state prison.

Serfass ruled his sentence run consecutive to the Monroe term.

Sanders was also ordered to get both a mental health and drug and alcohol evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, supply a DNA sample, and court costs.

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

Sanders also has a robbery, burglary and related counts case pending in Carbon County.

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