Man sentenced in domestic incident
A Carbon County man was sentenced to a county prison term on Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a domestic incident.
He was one of six defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.
John T. Urso, 35, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of institutional vandalism, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, simple assault, and two summary counts of harassment.
He was arrested by Lansford police for an incident on July 20, 2012. Police responded to the area of 722 E. Patterson St. to a report of a man chasing a woman down the street. On scene officers found Urso involved in a domestic incident with a Carmen Solomayo, reported to be the mother of his children. There was a dispute over the children.
When officers attempted to take him into custody he resisted and had to be subdued. He also was charged with assaulting Officer Brian Horos during the incident and causing damages to a police cruiser.
Urso said he lost his temper during a dispute about his children.
On the simple assault count Matika sentenced him to serve seven to one day less 24 months in the county prison. On the other counts he was sentenced to serve seven to 14 months in prison, concurrent with the assault charge.
He was also ordered to render 75 hours of community service when released from jail, attend and complete anger management counseling, get a mental health evaluation, and make restitution of $85 to Lansford for damages to the police cruiser.
On the two summary counts he was fined a total of $100.
He was given credit for 32 days spent in jail on the charges and will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2.
Other defendants who entered pleas included:
Jeremy Accardi, 28, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of simple assault.
He was arrested by Lansford police for an incident on May 16 when he used a wooden paddle on a 11-year-old girl who was staying at his residence at the time. The paddle broke when he used it on her buttocks which caused bruising. He said he was disciplining the girl but the mother of the victim said she didn't give him permission to do it.
Accardi express remorse for what he did and said he realizes he was wrong.
Matika sentenced him to serve one to 12 months in prison and ordered he attend anger management and parenting counseling sessions and complete them, have no contact with the victim or her family, and render 50 hours of community service when released on parole.
Accardi is currently in prison on a detainer filed by the county probation office for a probation violation.
Ricky Lee Christman, 25, of Tamaqua, formerly of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of simple assault. He was charged by Summit Hill police for an incident on Oct. 11 at 114 W. Fell St., involving Tasha Vogel, his girlfriend.
Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered to render 50 hours of community service and attend and complete anger management counseling.
Calvin Juan Rodriguez, 34, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded to one count each of retail theft and tampering with evidence.
He was arrested by Mahoning Township police for his part in a theft at the Walmart store on July 31. After being arrested and placed in a police cruiser he attempted to grabbed items police found that were taken in the theft.
On the theft count Matika sentenced him to time served (119 days) to one year in jail, and ordered he make restitution of $186.50 (his share of the total taken), render 50 hours of community service, and stay out of the Walmart store in Mahoning Township.
On the tampering charge he was placed on probation for a year, concurrent with the theft count.
John L. Souders, 57, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy-ownership of a firearm. He was arrested by Nesquehoning police for an incident on March 30 when he was found in possession of a Hi Point 9 mm handgun.
Sentencing was deferred.
Virgil Herman, 47, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence. He was arrested on Dec. 25, 2012, by state police at Hazleton after being involved in a one vehicle accident along the Weatherly-Planes road in Banks Township. Given a test, the result was .15 BAC. He also pleaded to two motor vehicle code offenses.
On the DUI charge Matika sentenced him to serve 48 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $500, and one year license suspension.
On the summary motor vehicle code offenses he was fined a total of $35 and costs.
He will begin the jail term at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
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.