Closed circuit TV used for Tamaqua man to enter plea
A sentence was carried out through a closed circuit telecast of a Tamaqua man serving time in a state correctional facility and a Schuylkill County judge seating in a courtroom at the courthouse Pottsville.
Justin M. Neff, 27, of 119 Pine St., who is serving a sentence of one to five years in a state prison on a driving under the influence (DUI) charge, appeared on screen in the county courthouse and entered a guilty plea to a charge of theft of rental property.
He was sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman to serve 23 months probation with the sentence to run concurrent to the present sentence he is serving. The merchandise taken was from a neighbor's home but was rented from a Rent-A-Center, Tamaqua.
Neff sold the television set and a playstation to a pawn shop to obtain money for drugs. It was reported to court restitution was made to the store. Neff was cited by Patrolman Thomas Rodgers last Feb. 6 while he was free on bail awaiting sentence on the DUI charge.
Neff was found guilty by a jury in December 2011 of a charge of DUI of drugs and was sentenced last Feb. 21 by Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin serve the state prison sentence. He was cited for the DUI on Nov. 25, 2010, by Pottsville Patrolman Paul R. Olson, when stopped in the 300 block on N. Fourth St.
By conducting the sentencing through closed circuit television the county was able to save expenses of bringing the defendant to the courthouse for sentencing.
Dylon Danko, 20, of 227 Lauderburn Ave., Weatherly, had his probation revoked by Judge John E. Domalakes after a hearing in court and was re-sentenced on a charge of giving a false report to Rush Township Patrolman Corey Herring, that his vehicle was stolen while parked on Claremont St. However, the vehicle was later found submerged in the Lofty Reservoir in Kline Township and he later admitted he drove the car into the dam.
He was ordered to serve five to 12 months in the county prison with credit for serving 124 days. He had originally pleaded guilty to the charge last April and was placed on probation.
William John Schilbe, 55, of Orwigsburg, who entered guilty pleas to a number of criminal charges including possession of child pornography, involved in illegal drug sales, and DUI of alcohol, was sentenced by Judge Domalakes to serve five to 10 years in a state correctional facility with credit for serving 265 days in the county prison.
On possession of 1,000 child pornographic pictures in his laptop computer showing children engaged in prohibited sexual acts was sentenced to serve two to four years to run consecutive to the sentence for possession with intent to deliver drugs. On a DUI charge he received a concurrent three to six months sentence.
The court also ordered he comply with all of the conditions set forth by Megan's Law, pay a fine of $1,000, pay $200 to the Substance Abuse Education fund, $150 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account, and make restitution of $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center. He was cited by state troopers.