Carbon County court
A Weatherly man was sentenced to a state prison term after previously admitting he stole from his parents.
He was one of six defendants who previously entered guilty pleas who were sentenced on Friday in Carbon County court by Judge Joseph J. Matika.
Bryan James Baker, 30, was sentenced to serve nine to 24 months in a state correctional institution on one count of theft, a felony, with burglary and related charges dropped in a plea bargain.
He was arrested by Weatherly police for entering the home of his parents while they were away. Jewelry, a television and other items valued at over $2,800 were taken. Many of the items were pawned in Hazleton.
Baker admitted to using 50 bags of heroin a day to support his drug habit and stole to pay for it. He is currently in the county prison on the charge and is also facing a probation violation revocation hearing.
Baker asked Matika to impose a state sentence, stating the state system has the type of drug programs he needs to address his addiction.
In addition to the prison term, Baker was ordered to get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations, supply a DNA sample, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use, and when paroled, render 75 hours of community service. There was no restitution ordered as his parents declined to seek any. He was also made eligible for the state boot camp program.
Timmy Priest, 33, of Allentown, was placed in the state’s Intermediate Punishment program for two years. He previously entered guilty pleas to one count each of criminal conspiracy — forgery, and criminal conspiracy — retail theft. He was arrested on July 10, 2017, at the Walmart store by Mahoning Township police for passing counterfeit $20 bills at the store to make purchases.
Priest is currently an inmate at the state correctional institution at Fayette, Juniata County, serving a 21-month to five-year term imposed in Lehigh County. The IP program has a defendant serve seven months in prison, a period of time in an intensive inpatient drug and alcohol program, and then time in a halfway house.
Priest told Matika he has already been enrolled in the program.
Matika also ordered Priest to supply a DNA sample, make restitution of $130, get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use, and when paroled render 75 hours of community service. The term runs concurrent with Lehigh County.
Brian Danchak, 45, of Lanford, was also placed in the state IP program on charges of driving under suspension — DUI related, possession of a controlled substance and theft, rated a felony 3. He was arrested on Sept. 16, 2017, by Lansford police in the area of Oak Street.
Danchak is currently an inmate in SCI at Camp Hill, Dauphin County.
Moises Flores Jr., 24, of Nesquehoning, was sentenced to serve 36 days to 12 months in prison on a simple assault charge. He was arrested by Nesquehoning police for an incident on Sept. 27, 2017, at his residence along Willow Lane. Police responded to the residence for a report of an assault in progress. On scene officers determined that Flores, who was reportedly intoxicated, assaulted two family members. He was originally charged with eight criminal offenses but had six dropped in a plea bargain.
Matika also ordered him to get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations, zero tolerance for drug or alcohol use and attend and complete an anger management course.
He was given credit for 41 days spent in jail to date on the charge and paroled.
Jason Leonard Krug, 31, of Weatherly, appeared to be sentenced on a DUI of a controlled substance charge but before that he entered a guilty plea to a simple assault count.
He was charged by Lansford police on Nov. 20, 2017, for an incident in which his father-in-law was the victim.
On the assault count Matika sentenced him to serve three to 12 months in prison with credit for 145 days already served and paroled him. On the DUI count he was sentenced to serve 72 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $1,000 and one-year license suspension. He was given credit for time served and paroled.
He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use and attend and successfully complete an anger management course.
Krug is an inmate in the county prison and won’t be leaving anytime soon. There is a detainer on him filed by authorities in Texas who want to extradite him back to that state.
Tina Marie Dries, 38, of Lansford, was placed on probation for a year on a charge of simple assault with a charge of kidnap to inflict injury or terror, dropped in a plea bargain.
She was charged by Lansford police for an incident on Dec. 18, 2017, along East Bertsch Street with her sister-in-law the listed victim. He husband, Ronald P. Dries, 38, of Tamaqua, was also charged in the incident.
She was also ordered to have no contact with the victim and make restitution totaling $106.49.
Each defendant must also pay court costs of about $1,000 and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.