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Carbon County court

Published February 01. 2019 01:24PM

A Lansford man was sentenced to a Carbon County prison term on Friday.

He was one of five defendants who previously entered guilty pleas to criminal counts to be sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Lansford incident

Brian Danchak, 45, of Lanford, was sentenced to serve six to 23 months in prison on a charge of theft; 90 days to 60 months on a driving under the influence count; 45 to 90 days (must serve the full 90) on a driving under suspension, DUI related charge; and six months probation on a possession of a controlled substance charge. All the terms run concurrently.

He was arrested on Sept. 16, 2017, by Lansford police in the area of Oak Street.

He must pay a fine of $1,500 on the DUI and $500 on the suspension count, and his license was suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations, render 100 hours of community service, make restitution of $350, and have no contact with the victim in the theft case.

He will begin the jail term at noon Feb. 1.

Multiple charges

Dean William Tessitore Jr., 26, of McAdoo, was sentenced to serve nine to 23 months in the county prison on charges of access device fraud and related counts and time-served (262 days) to 23 months on a charge of criminal trespass with the terms running concurrently.

Tessitore was charged in both cases by Nesquehoning police. He was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property for an incident on April 2, 2018. In a plea bargain with the district attorney’s office, he pleaded to the trespass count with the others dropped.

The access device occurred on Dec. 1, 2017, in which he was originally charged with 16 counts. He pleaded to eight counts.

He was also ordered to supply a DNA sample, render 175 hours of community service when paroled and make restitution of $864.

He was given credit for 262 days on the trespass count. He is an inmate in the county prison.

Break-in incident

Nathaniel Scott Goff, 20, of Morrisville, Bucks County, was sentenced to serve three to 12 months in the county prison on a charge of theft and one to 12 months on a charge of criminal trespass.

He was charged by state police at Lehighton for his part in entering a residence along Sam Brooke Circle in East Penn Township sometime between Aug. 8 and 24, 2018.

Taken were a TV, iPad mini 3, one earring, an iPhone SE, two computers, an Adidas book bag, two cameras, Xbox One, golf clubs, a drone with camera, Under Armour hoodie, Under Armour bookbag, $1,000 in cash, and other items.

A 17-year-old boy was also charged for his part in the incident.

Goff was also ordered to make restitution of $3,690, render 50 hours of community service, supply a DNA sample and have no contact with the victim.

He was given credit for 90 days spent in jail on the charges and paroled.

Vincent Anthony Keller, 33, of Perkasie, Bucks County, was sentenced to serve two to 12 months in the county prison on charges of defiant trespass and criminal mischief.

He was arrested on May 21, 2017, by Summit Hill police for an incident at the Lansford Courts. He was at a residence in the development and told to leave, but didn’t.

He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, make restitution of $53 for damages at the town house, render 50 hours of community service when paroled, and have no contact with the victim.

He was given credit for 21 days already served and will begin serving the remaining 39 days on Feb. 1 at 8 a.m. and serve it on consecutive three-day weekends.

DUI count

Chasity Elizabeth Reed, 24, of Tresckow, was sentenced to serve 90 days to 60 months in prison on a DUI count.

She arrested on Nov. 27, 2016, by state police at Hazleton along Fern Street in Banks Township. A test revealed a 0.18 BAC.

She was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,500, her license was suspended for 18 months and she must render 100 hours of community service.

She will begin serving the jail term at 8 p.m. on Feb. 1 and serve it on consecutive two-day weekends.

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

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