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Lehighton man pleads to four criminal counts

Published January 24. 2012 05:01PM

A Lehighton man entered guilty pleas to four criminal counts, in three pending cases, recently in Carbon County court. He was one of five defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.

Theft, trespass

Jody Christman, 44, pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal trespass, unauthorized use of a automobile, theft and defiant trespass by communication.

Christman was arrested for the trespass and theft counts for an incident on June 29, 2011, in Mahoning Township. The incident occurred at the Ukrainian Homestead along Beaver Run Road.

The unauthorized use occurred on May 25, 2011, in Franklin Township when he took the 1999 Ford van of Tye Poole in the area of the Boat Yard along Canal St. The defiant trespass involved Trainer's Inn along Interchange Road in Franklin Township, and occurred on June 23, 2011.

Webb accepted the pleas but deferred sentencing ordering the adult probation office prepare a presentence investigation (PSI).

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered pleas included:

Trisha Marie Andrews, 32, of Levittown, was sentenced to serve three to 12 months in the county prison on a charge of possession of a controlled substance (CS)-oxycodone. She had previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

Webb also ordered her to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use. The prison term runs consecutive to a term she is currently serving on another charge.

Prior to the sentencing, Webb revoked her parole on two other criminal cases and remanded her to prison.

Marie Gail Bibicoff, 30, of Albrightsville, was placed on probation for 18 months after pleading to one count of receiving stolen property. She was arrested by state police at Fern Ridge for an incident in Penn Forest Township. She was also ordered to make restitution of $3,333.

Ryan M. Eckhart, 26, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance. He was arrested on Oct. 2, 2011, along Mauch Chunk Road by Palmerton police.

Webb sentenced him to serve 90 days to five years in jail, pay a fine of $1,500, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and license suspended for 18 months. He was given credit for 51 days spent in jail to date on the charge.

Joseph Lewis Moyer, 28, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

He was arrested on the first count on Feb. 12, 2010, by Nesquehoning police for an incident at the county prison. The second count was on the same date by agents of the state Attorney General's office at First and Irons sts., in Lehighton. When taken to the jail after arraignment he was found to have the drug paraphernalia.

Webb deferred sentencing and ordered a PSI that will include a D&A evaluation.

Christopher Robert Triola, 22, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of criminal solicitation-indecent assault on a person less than 16-years-of-age. He was arrested by state police at Fern Ridge for an incident involving a 15-year-old female in Penn Forest Township. Troopers said he sent inappropriate text messages to the girl.

Webb placed him on probation for two years and ordered he submit to a sexual offenders evaluation and follow any recommendations, and render three hours of community service per month while on probation.

Each defendant sentenced must pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation for parole.

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