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Walker Township woman resentenced to prison term

Published February 22. 2012 05:01PM

A Walker Township woman who violated her electronic monitoring probation sentence must now serve time in the Schuylkill County prison.

Joanne M. Rowlands, 51, of 70 Whitetail Crossing Road, Wildcat Development, had her electronic monitoring terminated by Judge John E. Domalakes after a hearing in the county court and she was re-sentenced to serve three to 23 months in prison with credit for serving 32 days. She must also undergo drug and alcohol evaluation and follow-up treatment as recommended.

Rowlands also must pay all fines, costs, restitutions and assessments which were imposed when she entered a guilty plea last Jan. 18 to a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and was placed on electronic monitoring. She also agreed at the time of the sentencing to forfeit $2,100 found in her purse by members of the drug task force plus $14,820 found in a safe in her home.

Her probation officer charged her with violating the electronic monitoring. Testimony was presented in court was that stating last Jan. 26 she was released early from her job in Berwick but failed to immediately return home, instead, went to a Walmart store in Lehighton, a residence in Tuscarora and a bank in Bethlehem. Also testimony was presented she tested positive of taking drugs while on probation.

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