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Man gets state time for theft

Published October 30. 2013 05:00PM

A Carbon County man, convicted by a jury for his part in a break-in of a Lehighton home, was sentenced Tuesday in the county court to a state prison term.

He was one of four defendants sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.

Kareem Sanders, 20, of Lehighton, was sentenced to serve a total of 36 to 72 months in a state correctional institution. Nanovic ruled the term runs consecutive to a one- to five-year term imposed by Carbon Judge Steven R. Serfass on other charges.

Sanders was convicted by a jury of burglary, criminal trespass, and theft. He was found not guilty of robbery and another count of theft.

Sanders was charged in connection with an incident on Aug. 4, 2011, at 442 Cypress St., Lehighton. Police charged that Sanders and Keith Cheadle, 19, of Upper Darby, Delaware County, and formerly of Lehighton, entered the residence to Robert Rehrig and Tammy Williams and removed a large screen television and cash.

Sanders presented a alibi defense at the trial.

Yesterday defense Attorney Michael Gough, court appointed, said Sanders still denies being in the home with Cheadle during the robbery. Cheadle, who pleaded guilty to his part in the incident, testified for the commonwealth at Sanders' trial and said that Sanders was with him when he entered the home.

Nanovic also ordered Sanders to make restitution of $900 for the victim, get both a mental health and drug and alcohol evlauations and follow any recommendations for treatment, zero tolerance on D&A use, have no contact with the victims, and supply a DNA sample.

Sanders is currently in a state prison serving a 15 to 36 month term imposed in Monroe County. Gough said his client plans to appeal the jury's verdict.

Other cases

William Gonzalez-Gonzalez, 28, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve four to 23 months in the county prison on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-marijuana. Gonzalez previously pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was arrested on Oct. 25, 2011, at 124 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe, by agents of the state Attorney General's office and the county drug task force.

A search warrant was served on his residence and found inside was various drug paraphernalia, a half-ounce of marijuana, and U.S. currency.

Gonzalez said he was sorry for what he did and the how he had hurt his family.

Nanovic also ordered he get a D&A evaluation, and supply a DNA sample. He was given credit for one day spent in jail on the charge.

The jail term will begin at 5 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Troy D. Dubois, 42, of Palmerton, was placed on probation for two years on a charge of recklessly endangering another person.

He was arrested on July 1 by Palmerton police. Dubois deliberately released fuel oil into the basement at 766 W. Edgemont Ave., during a domestic dispute. A charge of risking a catastrophe was dropped.

After the incident Dobois committed himself to the mental health unit at the Lehighton hospital on two separate occasions, five days each time.

He said he is now on medication and is thnking more clearly.

Nanovic also ordered him to get both a mental health and D&A evaluations.

Richard Fiore, 42, of Lehighton, was sentenced on a DUI charge. He was arrested on July 20, 2012, along SR895 and Church Road, in Franklin Township. Given a test, the result was .29BAC.

Nanovic sentenced him to time served (12 days) to six months in jail. He will also spend 48 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program with electronic monitoring followed by four months probation, and was ordered to get a D&A evaluation.

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

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