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Woman given jail time for drug dealing; man gets time for theft

Published April 10. 2013 05:03PM

A former Carbon County woman was sentenced to a prison term on Tuesday for drug dealing while a county male was also given a prison term for theft of church chimes.

Both defendants previously entered guilty pleas and were sentenced on Judge Joseph J. Matika.

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Kristy Shupp, 27, of Dunmore, Luzerne County, and formerly of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve six to 18 months in prison on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin. On a charge of criminal conspiracy-delivery of heroin the same sentence was imposed, running concurrently. The prison term will be followed by two years of probation.

Shupp was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office on Jan. 24, 2012. She was charged with her part in the sale of five baggies of heroin to an undercover agent. The sale occurred in the Palmerton area. After she made the sale police stopped the vehicle she was in along SR248 just outside the borough. Seized in the stop was cash and cell phones police said were used in arranging the sale.

She was scheduled to go on trial on charges earlier this year but changed her mind as a jury waited to begin hearing testimony in the case and entered her pleas.

Shupp is currently serving a 90 days jail term in the Lackawanna County prison in Scranton on a parole violation but is in the work release program.

Matika also ordered her to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, render 100 hours of community service when released on parole, and zero tolerance imposed on D&A use. She was granted work release privileges.

She was given credit for nine days spent in jail on the charges.

Matika ruled the sentence runs concurrent to the term she is serving now in Lackawanna County. When that term is completed she must return to Carbon to finish the balance of her minimum term.

Church chimes

Kevin Joseph Tansley, 25, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve eight to one day less 24 months on a charge of theft by receiving stolen property.

He previously pleaded guilty to his part in the theft of five brass tubular chimes from Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmerton on March 23, 2012.

Also arrested for the theft was Robert Joseph Holliday, 28, of Bowmanstown. He previously entered a plea in the case and was sentenced to a state prison term.

Police said the chimes, valued at $6,250, were taken from in front of the church. The chimes were in front of the church because they were being sold.

Tansley was also ordered to make restitution of $845.75, his share of the total, get both a D&A and mental health evaluations, supply a DNA sample, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 100 hours of community service when released on parole.

He was given credit for 150 days spent in jail to date on the charge.

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

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