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Weatherly man sentenced to state prison on receiving charge

A Weatherly man was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday in Carbon County court on a felony 2 count of receiving stolen property, which stemmed from a shooting incident in the borough.

James J. Pollin, 34, was sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika, to serve 15 to 36 months in a state correctional institution on the charge and three to 24 months on a resisting arrest count, with the terms running concurrently.

Although the charges stem from a shooting incident, Pollin did not plead to any gun-related charges. In exchange for the plea he previously entered, felony counts of possession of a firearm prohibited and firearms not to be carried without a license were dropped in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

On April 12 Weatherly police received a report of gunshots being fired in the 600 block of North Street. Police responded to the scene and spoke to a witness who claimed he heard about 10 shots being fired.

Through an investigation, Pollin became a suspect and police learned that a 9 mm handgun had been stolen from a relative of the suspect and was used in the incident.

Pollin has been an inmate in the county prison since the incident.

He told the court, “I understand what I have done. I’m ready to accept what you give me.” He admitted to an alcohol abuse problem.

No one was reported injured in the shooting incident.

Pollin was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, supply a DNA sample, when paroled render 100 hours of community service and pay court costs of over $1,000.

He was given credit for 183 days served in prison to date on the charges.