Tamaqua man gets state prison sentence for forgery
A Tamaqua man pleaded guilty to forging a credit card and was sent to state prison by a Schuylkill County judge.
Jason William Miller, 34, last known address, 34 N. Greenwood St., Apt. 1, pleaded guilty to charges of forgery, access device fraud, theft, and theft by deception and was sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman to serve 16 to 32 months in a state correctional facility. He also must pay $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund and make restitution of $124.94 to Discover Card.
The sentenmce is to run concurrent with a sentence he is now serving which was imposed by Lehigh County Court and a sentence imposed by Judge Charles M. Miler in the county court last September when he pleaded guilty to charges of delivery of drugs in Tamaqua and received a sentence of 21 to 42 months in a state prison.
The forgery and other charges were brought by Tamaqua Patrolman Matthew Bynon, for forging the name of Herbert Weld on his credit card to purchase two cartons of cigarettes for $124.94 from Family Mini Mart last October.
President Judge William E. Baldwin held hearings on petitions filed by probation officers to revoke probations and paroles of defendants.
Felix Carlos Alvarez-Quinonez, 22, Pottsville, had his probation revoked and was re-sentenced to serve five and one-half to 11 months in the county prison on a charge of giving a false identification to police. He had pleaded guiity to two counts of the false ID charge and last December and was sentenced to serve 23 months probation. He received credit for serving 84 days but his liberty of 233 days was disallowed and added to his maximum date for release.
Brian James O'Dougherty, 28, Pottsville, had his parole revoked and was remanded to the county prison with credit for time served of 61 days and his liberty of 137 days disaallowed and added to his maximum date. The court said it will not consider an application for parole until Sept. 1, 2012. O'Dougherty pleaded guilty last March to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and was sentenced to serve72 days to six months in the county prison.
Felix Luis Torres, 28, Pottsville, has his parole reovked and his time of liberty while on parole of 116 days was disallowed and added to his maximum date of his sentence. He received credit for spending 94 days in prison and was granted re-parole. He had entered a guilty plea in June 2011 to possession of a controlled substance and was released on probation.
Jason Gar McNitsky, 39, Schuylkill Haven, had his probation revoked and was re-sentenced on a charge of criminal trespass to serve one to two years in a state correctional institution with credit for 25 days served in the county prison. He had pleaded guilty to breaking into a private home in the 600 block on Fairview Street and was placed on probation last February for 12 months.
He also had his parole revoked on the charge of DUI of alcohol and 119 days of liberty was taken away and added to his maximum sentence. On a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia has to serve an additional 12 months on probation when released from prison.
Amanda Schboenstadt, 21, of Gap, who had appealed a summary conviction by a district judge of a charge of speeding, at the court hearing changed her mind and entered a plea of guilty.
Judge John E. Domalakes imposed a fine of $35 plus $50 costs. The appeal had cost her $50. She was charged by Trooper Vincent A. Laselva with speeding last April 6 on Interstate 81 in Foster Township.