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Carbon man gets long state prison term for multiple crimes

Published August 23. 2013 05:05PM

A Carbon County man was sentenced to a long state prison term on Thursday after previously pleading guilty to six criminal counts.

Michael John McFadden Jr., 24, of Nesquehoning was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika to a total of 33 to 72 months in a state correctional institution.

McFadden previously pleaded guilty to six criminal charges, including some felonies.

He admitted to an incident on Oct. 31, 2012, when he brought to the county prison illegal drugs. He pleaded in that case to one count of bringing contraband into the prison, a felony two.

He also pleaded to one count of theft from a motor vehicle and simple assault, which occurred on Oct. 31 in Nesquehoning, the charge that brought him to the prison.

He pleaded to one count each of false identification to law enforcement and possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident on Oct. 25, 2012.

He also pleaded to an escape count, a felony, which was brought when he left a rehabilitation program without permission.

McFadden admitted to a long-term drug addiction problem and mental health issues.

McFadden said he had been addicted to heroin and needed help but attempted to indicate he couldn't get any when Matika interrupted him.

Matika said, "You were given a chance for rehabilitation and you left it, that's one of the charges." Matika noted McFadden went to a Salvation Army program and left a short time after being admitted and failed to report back to the prison as was part of his furlough agreement.

On the contraband charge he was sentenced to serve 18 to 36 months followed by two years of probation.

On the escape charge he was sentenced to serve 15 to 36 months in prison, consecutive to the first count. On the theft count he was sentenced to serve 12 to 24 months in prison, concurrent to the other charges; on the simple assault, one year probation concurrent; false ID, one year probation, concurrent; and possession of drug paraphernalia, six months probation concurrent.

He was also ordered to get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance on D&A use, supply a DNA sample, pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and render a total of 200 hours of community service when released on parole.

He was given credit for 327 days spent in prison to date on the charges.

Following the sentencing proceeding Matika conducted a parole violation hearing. McFadden admitted to the violation and was resentenced to serve 507 days (time served).

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