Two of six who plead guilty sentenced to state prison
Two of six defendants who entered guilty pleas to criminal charges drew state prison sentences imposed by Schuylkill County judges in the courthouse in Pottsville.
Randy Jared Ratliff, 41, Mahanoy City, who was found guilty by a jury last April 4, was sentenced by Judge John E. Domalakes to serve seven to 24 months in a state correctional facility on a charge of retail theft. The sentence is to begin at the expiration of a sentence of 135 days to five years which was imposed by President Judge William E. Baldwin in February 2012 after he pled guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. He was cited by Shenandoah Lt. Gary Keppel, on the retail theft from Redner's Warehouse Market.
Randy Michael Bruen, 37, Pottsville, pleaded guilty to retail theft from Rite Aid Pharmacy in Pottsville and was sentenced by Judge James P. Goodman to serve two years on probation, pay $50 to Criminal Justice Enhancement Account (CJEA) fund, and make restitution of $731.37 to the pharmacy. Bruen was cited by Capt. Richard Wojciechowsky.
James David Hairston, 31, Pottsville, was accepted into the state's Immediate Punishment Program (IPP) on charges of delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of communication device, and possession. He will be confined in a state correctional facility for at least seven months.
Judge Baldwin announced in imposing the sentence, the term will be followed with minimum four months placement in an alcohol and other drug therapeutic community. The total duration of the state program is 24 months. Hairston pleaded guilty to the charges which were filed by Pottsville Cpl. Dennis G. Wiederhold.
Crystal Marie Freed, 23, Ashland, pleaded guilty to 67 counts of receiving personal property stolen from Glen Wolfgang, Ashland, by using his credit card and was sentenced by Judge Jacqueline Russell to serve five years on probation, pay $50 to CJEA fund, and make restitution of $35,3.44 to the victim. Freed was cited by Ashland Chief Adam Bernodin. She also was ordered not to have any contact with Wolfgang.
James Xavier Scialabba, 24, Veronia, who pleaded guilty to retail theft with an accomplice, was given credit to serving 134 days in the county prison and was placed by Judge Charles M. Miller on parole for 18 months, and pay $50 to CJEA fund. Scialabba was cited by Saint Clair Patrolman Frank J. DiMarco, for theft of a television from Walmart Store.
Bryan D. McGinley, 29, Ashland, on a charge of DUI of drugs was sentenced by Judge Russell to serve 30 days in the county prison followed by four years and 11 months on probation in the county IPP, fined $1,500, pay $100 to SAE fund, $50 to MCARE fund, $60 to Schuylkill Medical Center, attend alcohol highway safety school, complete outpatient chemical dependency treatment program, perform 20 hours community service, driver's license suspended 18 months and when licensed is restored must install on the steering wheel of his vehicle an ignition interlock which monitors any consumption of alcohol by the driver.
On summary charges of careless driving, stop sign violation, limitations on driving on left side of roadway, meeting vehicles proceeding the other way, disregarding of driving on right side of roadway, failing to drive at safe speed, and failing to yield right of way, was fined a total of $225 plus $425 costs. McGinley was cited by Ashland Patrolman Daniel Weikel III.
Each defendant must also pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.