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County judges hand down sentences

by The Indiana Gazette on April 17, 2014 11:00 AM

Numerous defendants were sentenced in hearings on March 24 and March 31 by Indiana County Common Pleas Court Judges William Martin and Thomas Bianco:

• Thomas Davis, 50, of Clarion Road, Cherry Tree, was ordered to serve 16 months to five years in a state prison and was directed to pay $2,114.89 in fines, costs and restitution for a felony count of robbery. Three other charges were dismissed in a plea bargain.

Davis pleaded guilty to the charge, admitting that he robbed the Cherry Tree branch office of First Commonwealth Bank at gunpoint on July 2. Authorities named Davis as a suspect on Aug. 2, obtained a warrant for his arrest, and captured him Sept. 18 when they learned he had returned to the area to visit relatives.

Davis, who was held on $75,000 bond following his arrest, was granted credit for 144 days of time served in jail and was allowed to serve the sentence concurrently with a sentence he is now serving in Jefferson County.

• Charles Dukes, 29, of Route 240, Cherry Tree, was ordered to serve nine months to five years in a state prison for criminal trespass and theft, one to five years in prison for burglary, and two concurrent terms of nine months to five years for two counts of receiving stolen property. Dukes also was required to pay $6,127.47 in fines, court costs and restitution.

• Kristopher Woods, 53, of Kittanning, was given 11οΎ½ months to two years less one day in the Indiana County Jail and was told to pay $11,168 in fines, court costs and restitution for a felony count of delivery of a controlled substance. In a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped six other charges.

• Michael Rager, 43, who was identified by court officials as homeless, was removed from probation and intermediate punishment being served for convictions for theft and two counts of receiving stolen property in 2010, and was ordered to serve three concurrent terms of six months to two years less one day in the Indiana County Jail.

• Daniel Sites, 27, of Adrian, was removed from probation for 2012 convictions for theft and criminal trespass, and was ordered to serve concurrent terms of six months to two years less one day and six to 12 months in the Indiana County Jail.

• David Yuhas, 36, of Patton, was ordered to serve six months to two years less one day in the Indiana County Jail and was required to pay $1,180.50 in fines and court costs for driving under the influence and two summary traffic infractions. Prosecutors dropped two other charges in a plea deal.

• Scott Short, 30, of Railroad Avenue, Blairsville, was given two terms of three months to two years less one day in the Indiana County Jail, was immediately paroled, and was ordered to pay fines, costs and restitution totaling $1,947.15 for his guilty plea to simple assault and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. In a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped three other charges.

• Leann Wray, 32, of Johnstown, was removed from probation for a 2012 conviction for disorderedly conduct and was sent to the Indiana County Jail for three to 12 months.

• Ryan Doak, 32, of Route 403, Dixonville, was ordered to serve two concurrent terms of 28 days to 12 months in the Indiana County Jail beginning May 5, followed by three years of probation, and to pay $2,357 in fines and court costs for unrelated counts of theft by unlawful taking and retail theft.

• Douglas Lydic, 30, of Private Road 6028, Commodore, was ordered to serve three concurrent terms of 72 hours to six months in the Indiana County Jail for driving under the influence, two years of probation for escape, and two years of probation for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Lydic was assessed a total of $2,835.50 in fines, court costs and restitution. Nine other charges were dropped in plea agreements with prosecutors.

• Douglas Bressler, 27, of Five Points Road, Washington Township, was sentenced to 48 hours to six months in the Indiana County Jail and a concurrent term of one year on probation and was ordered to pay fines and costs totaling $1,276 for DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors dropped three other charges.

• Michael Byers, 41, of Bethel Church Road, Marion Center, was removed from probation for a 2013 charge of retail theft and was ordered to serve 48 hours to six months in the county jail followed by three years of probation upon his release.

• Rayson Brown, 22, of Pittsburgh, was ordered to serve 90 days in the Indiana County Jail for criminal trespass and was immediately paroled.

• Christopher Burrell II, 23, of East Market Street, Blairsville, was placed on the intermediate punishment program for five years including 45 days in the Indiana County Jail and 90 days of electronic monitored house arrest for driving under the influence, and was placed on two years of probation for unrelated counts of recklessly endangering another person and institutional vandalism. Burrell also was assessed $4,765.60 in fines and court costs. In plea bargains with prosecutors, nine other charges were dropped including a second count of DUI, a felony count of fleeing from police, misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest, escape and flight to avoid prosecution, 12 summary traffic violations, misdemeanor narcotics charges of possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of disorderly conduct.

• Robert Bennett, 51, of Burkett Road, Marion Center, was ordered to serve six months of intermediate punishment including 96 hours in the county jail and 32 days of house arrest, and was required to pay $1,496 in fines and court costs for DUI. Three other charges were dropped in a plea deal.

• Joshua Cowan, 28, of Tyler Street, Clymer, was placed on intermediate punishment for six months including 96 hours in the county jail and 32 days of house arrest and was required to pay $1,493.50 in fines and court costs for DUI. Four other charges were dropped in a plea agreement.

• John Davidson, 19, of Hill Street, Aultman, was assessed $2,028 in fines, court costs and restitution and was placed on probation for two years for criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Prosecutors dropped one other charge.

• Michael Reynolds, 34, of Second Street, Shelocta, was assessed a total of $2,721 in fines and costs of prosecution and was placed on probation for two years for his guilty pleas in three cases to charges of simple assault, harassment, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a prohibited offensive weapons. Prosecutors dropped eight other charges in plea agreements.

• Luther Wilson, 42, of East Washington Street, Plumville, was ordered to pay $1,168 in fines and costs and to serve one year of probation for theft.

• Bob Pardee, 53, of Fairview Avenue, White Township, was required to pay $668 in court costs and was placed on probation for one year for criminal mischief. One other charge was dropped in a plea agreement.

• Toni Yakemik, 27, of Avonmore, was assessed $368 in court costs and was placed on probation for one year for one count of theft.

• Lisa Dispenza, 28, of Old Bridge, N.J., was told to pay $775 in fines and costs and was placed on one year of probation for possession of drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors dropped one other charge in a plea deal.

• Jacob Shedlock, 19, of Jefferson Street, Clymer, was required to pay $922 in fines and costs of prosecution and was placed on probation for one year for disorderly conduct and scattering rubbish.

• David Palmer, 23, of Pittsburgh, was assessed $671.32 in fines and court costs and was placed on probation for one year for a misdemeanor driver’s license offense. One related charge was dropped in a plea deal.

• Jaclyn Hefner, 21, of McKeesport, was ordered to pay $1,120.24 in fines and costs and to serve one year of probation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Shawn Aukerman, 22, of South Walnut Street, Blairsville, was required to pay $913.65 in fines and court costs and was placed on probation for one year for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors dropped 12 other charges in a plea agreement.

• Amanda Fink, 25, of Washington Street, Indiana, was ordered to pay fines and court costs totaling $808 and was placed on one year of probation for theft. One other charge was dropped in a plea bargain.

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