Defendants resentenced after parole/probations revoked
Two defendants had their parole/probations revoked and two were removed from a special probation program following hearings held in Carbon County court.
Dirk Pompa, 25, of Jim Thorpe, had his parole revoked on charges of forgery and his probation likewise revoked on another forgery charge on a petition filed by probation officer Jospeh Bettine, of the county adult probation office. Bettine's petition indicated Pompa violated conditions by testing positive for opiates, admitted using suboxone and percocet, which violated the zero tolerance provision of his release.
Judge Steven R. Serfass resentenced Pompa to serve the balance of his parole and 99 days of "street time" in a state correctional institution on the first forgery charge and serve six to 12 months in a state prison on the second forgery charge with the terms running consecutively. He was given credit for 117 days spent in jail on the charges.
Vanessa Zapotosky, 22, of Junedale, had her probation revoked on a simple assault charge on petition filed by Bettine for violating conditions of failing to report to the probation office as directed, failed to submit a urine screen, which violated the zero tolerance provision.
Judge Joseph J. Matika resentenced her to serve 45 days to 12 months in the county prison effective Jan. 3.
Harley Paluch, 21, of White Haven, was revoked from the Accelerated Rehabilitiation Disposition (ARD) probation program on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) on petition filed by Bettine for violating the conditions of failing to obtain a comprehensive alcohol assessment and follow all recommendations, failed to complete alcohol safe driving program, and failed to complete 50 hours of community service.
Matika ordered Paluch's case placed on the next trial list.
Michael Neff, 20, of Jim Thorpe, was revoked from the ARD program on a charge of DUI on petition filed by Bettine for violating conditions of failing to pay court costs and fines, failed to complete alcohol safe driving program, failed to obtain a comprehensive drug assessment and follow all recommendations, and failed to complete 50 hours of community service.
Matika, however, ruled that if Neff completes the violations listed by May 1, the revocation order will be vacated.