State sentences given drug dealer, Megan's Law violator
A Carbon County judge handed out state sentences to a drug dealer and a violator of Megan's Law on Friday. The two defendants were among six to enter guilty pleas before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. All were scheduled to pick juries on Monday during the May term of criminal court but instead entered into plea bargins with the district attorney's office.
Felix Ramone Munoz, 24, formerly of Lansford and now of Allentown, was sentenced to a total of 16 to 36 months in a state prison, followed by two years of probation, after entering guilty pleas in two pending cases, both which date back 2007.
Munoz admitted to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and two counts of possession.
He was charged with making sales to a confidential informant of the state Attorney General's office of four occasions in 2007 and 2008. He admitted selling crack cocaine to the CI on Sept. 18 and Oct. 24, 2007, and Jan. 22 and 24, 2008. The sales were made in Franklin Township at a residence along Fairyland Road.
He also charged after a search warrant was served on June 4, 2009, at a Fairyland residence. In that case he pleaded to possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substeance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After the charges were filed Munoz fled and was not located until November 2012 when he was arrested for disorderly conduct. When the arresting police ran a check they learned of a warrant issued in Carbon. He was turned over to Carbon authorities then and has been in jail since.
In addition to the jail term Munoz was ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommedation for treatment, supply a DNA sample, and obtain a General Education Diploma (GED).
He was given credit for a total of 166 days spent in jail on the charges.
Scott Vosburgh, 26, formerly of Lansford and Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of failure to register and varify residence as required under Megan's Law.
Vosburgh previously pleaded guilty to a sexual assault count and was sentenced to a state prison. The offense occurred in Summit Hill. After he was released on parole he failed to notify state police of his address and other matters on a quarterly basis as required under the law. Vosburgh had been declared a sexual violent predator and must register for life.
Vosburgh claimed he was homeless and a transiet at the time he was to register and did not do so in fear of going to jail for not having a place to live.
He was sentenced to serve 18 to 36 months in a state prison with credit for 410 days spent in jail to date.
Nanovic told Vosburgh the law was not clear on persons who are homeless or transiet, however, the law was upated in December 2012 and addresses those issues. He suggested Vosburgh have his attrorney Paul Levy of the public defenders office, investigate the matter.
Anthony J. Boyle, 21, of Hazleton, pleaded guilty to one count each of theft and corruption of a minor. The corruption charge falls under a subsection relative to sexual assault and also falls under the provisions of Megan's Law.
Boyle was arrested by state police at Hazleton with entering a log cabin home along Stagecoach Road in Lehigh Township, on Dec. 14, 2011. He entered the home with a then 14-year-old girlfriend, whose grandfather owned the home.
Boyle admitted he entered the home with the girl to have sexual intercourse. He also admitted taking money from the residence.
Nanovic deferred sentencing as Boyle must undergo a sexual offenders evaluation as required by Megan's Law.
Arlene Ann Jones, 45, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy-receiving stolen property.
She was charged in connection with a robbery at the Convenient Food Mart, 643 Delaware Ave., Palmerton, on April 26, 2012.
Also arrested was Freddie M. Knight, 39, and James Dee Archer, 33, both of Palmerton. Police said Knight and Archer entered the business and robbed the clerk of $767.79. Knight and Archer were also charged with robbing the mart on April 29, 2012.
Both Knight and Archer entered guilty pleas in the two cases and are currently serving state prison terms.
Police said Jones drove th getaway car in the robbery. She admitted driving Knight and Archer to the store on April 26 but claimed she didn't know they were going to rob it. After the robbery the two ran from the store to the rear where Jones was waiting. They drove back to her apartment where she claimed she first saw the white bag which contained the stolen money.
At first she said she didn't get of the stolen money, but then admitted some of the money was used to pay her rent.
Nanovic sentenced her to serve one to one day less 24 months in prison followed by two years of probation. She was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and make restitution of $255.93, her share of the total taken.
Nanovic said he heard her story but had a very hard time believing what she claimed, hinting that was why the jail term was imposed.
She will serve the jail term on 15 consecutive weekends beginning Friday, May 10, at 6 p.m.
Christopher Paul Ferryman, 37, of Allentown, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-suboxone. He admitted selling the drug to another person along the 200 block of Coal St., Lehighton, on April 11, 2012, while agents of the AG office watched.
Ferryman was placed on probation for two years and ordered to get a D&A evaluation and zero tolerance on D&A use.
Ferryman is currently serving a prison sentence for a probation violation which runs to July 15. The new term runs currently to that sentence.
Wayne Schaub, 28, of Lehighton, pleaded to two summary offenses of harassment. He was arrested on Dec. 25, 2012, for assaulting Karasta Schoenberger and Kyle Schoenberger, at 102 Stedmen St., in Lehighton. Counts of aggravated and simple assault were dropped in a plea bargain.
Nanovic imposed a total fine of $600.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.