Lehighton man sentenced to prison term on drug counts
A Lehighton man, who previously entered a guilty plea to drug counts, was sentenced Tuesday to a prison term. He was one of four defendants to be sentenced by county judges.
Joseph Lewis Moyer, 28, was arrested on Feb. 12, 2010, by agents of the state Attorney General's office at First and Iron streets., in Lehighton, for making a drug sale. After arraignment on the charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin and related counts, he was transported to the county prison failing to post bail. He was then arrested at the jail by Nesquehoning police for possession of drug paraphernalia found on him by correction officers.
President Judge Roger N. Nanovic sentenced Moyer on the possession with intent count to serve one day less one year to one day less two years in prison. The jail term will be followed by three years of probation. On the possession of paraphernalia charge he was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the other count for a total of four years probation following the prison term.
However, he was given credit for 594 days spent in jail on the charges, which included time spent in a drug rehabilitation program, and was paroled.
Nanovic also ordered Moyer to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and must submit a pre-parole plan to the adult probation department before he can be released from prison.
Other cases handled by the court Tuesday.
Brandon Michael Kosman, 20, of Summit Hill, was placed on probation for three years by Judge Steven R. Serfass on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver-marijuana. He previously pleaded guilty to the charge.
He was arrested on Sept. 24, 2011, during a sobriety checkpoint operation along Mauch Chunk St., in Mahoning Township. He was a backseat passenger in the vehicle and during a consent search a backpack was found and inside was a quantity of marijuana and $2,606 in U.S. currency.
Serfass also ordered Kosman to get both a mental health and D&A evaluations, imposed zero tolerance on D&A use, he must stay full time employed, supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee, and render 100 hours of community service.
Ryan Patrick Kosman, 23, of Lehighton, brother to Brandon Kosman, pleaded guilty to one count of false identification to law enforcement. He was arrested on Jan. 20 during a vehicle stop in Mahoning Township in which his brother was driving. At the stop he gave a false name to police.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he render 50 hours of community service.
Cain Anthony Csaszar, 22, of Bath, was sentenced to serve 30 days to one year in jail by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb.
Csaszar was found guilty on Jan. 10 by a jury of theft and receiving stolen property following a one day trial before Webb. The jury deliberated for just 20 minutes before finding him guilty.
Csaszar was charged by state police at Lehighton with stealing the snowboard of Donald K. Shambo III at the Blue Mountain Ski Area in Lower Towamensing Township. The theft occurred on Feb. 16, 2011. The snowboard was valued at $750.
Webb also ordered Csaszar to make restitution to Shambo for $168.75, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and have no contact with the victim.
The prison term runs consecutive to a prison term Csaszar is currently serving in Northampton County.
Each defendant was also ordered to pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.