Carbon County court
A Carbon County man was sentenced to a state prison term on Friday in the county court on simple assault and theft counts.
Dillon Michael Hontz, 27, of Jim Thorpe, was sentenced to serve 12 to 24 months in a state correctional institution by Judge Steven R. Serfass on the assault count and six to 24 months on a theft charge with the terms running concurrently. The terms will also run concurrent with a state sentence that was imposed in Lackawanna County.
Hontz had applied for placement in the state’s Intermediate Punishment program but was expelled from it.
Hontz previously pleaded to the charges. The simple assault count stems from an incident on June 2, 2015, in the area of the Gypsy Hill Garden apartments in Lehighton; the theft by receiving stolen property charge was for an incident on July 15, 2011, in Mahoning Township. In the first case a count of robbery was dropped in a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office.
Hontz was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed for drug or alcohol use, make total restitution of $1,312.21, have no contact with the victim in the assault case, supply a DNA sample and pay court costs of about $1,000. He was given credit for 6 days already served on the charges.
Zoey Danielle Bartenope, 20, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve six to one day less 24 months in the county prison on a retail theft charge, she previously pleaded to. She was charged for an incident on June 26, 2017, at the Fuel Up in Nesquehoning where she took merchandise valued at $18.67.
She is currently in the county prison on a probation violation.
She was also ordered to render 100 hours of community service when paroled, get a drug and alcohol evaluation, supply a DNA sample, pay court costs of about $1,000 and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole. She was given credit for 32 days spent in prison on the charges.
Joseph Clemens Visnosky IV, 20, of Palmerton, was ordered to pay a fine of $300 on a charge of harassment he previously pleaded to. He was originally charged with simple assault for an incident on April 1, 2016, filed by Jim Thorpe police. Visnosky was charged with assaulting another student at the Carbon Career & Technical Institute. The victim agreed to a reduced charge.
He was also ordered to make restitution of $2,210.42, which was already paid, it was noted, and court costs of about $1,000.