Defendants sentenced in county court
February 06, 2014 11:00 AM

A number of defendants appeared Jan. 27 for sentencing hearings before Indiana County Judges William Martin and Thomas Bianco:

• Jeffrey Pellegrino, 45, of Ebensburg, Cambria County, was sent to a state prison for 16 months to 8 years and was assessed $1,065 in fines and costs of prosecution for one count of robbery.

Pellegrino pleaded guilty to the charge in connection with a holdup Sept. 10 at the S&T Bank branch office in Armagh. Prosecutors dropped four other charges in a plea agreement.

• Oliver Finley Jr., 37, of Pittsburgh, was ordered to serve 16 months to four years in a state prison for criminal trespass and a concurrent term of nine months to two years for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Finley also was placed on probation for one year for an unrelated count of possession of drug paraphernalia, and was assessed a total of $3,055.46 in fines, costs and restitution.

Two other charges were dropped in a plea agreement.

• Michael Deltufo, 26, of Budd Lake, N.J., formerly of the Blairsville area, was required to serve 11 ½ months to two years less one day in Indiana County Jail for possession of child pornography plus a concurrent term of six years to two years less one day for criminal use of a communication facility, and was assessed $1,115 in fines and costs of prosecution. Under terms of Megan’s Law, he was required to register with the state police annually for life upon release from jail.

Deltufo, who pleaded guilty to nine other pornography-possession charges and four counts of dissemination of child pornography, was given no additional sentence for the remaining counts.

Officers of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s child-predator section arrested Deltufo on May 17 after tracing downloads of sexually graphic images of children to his computer in the IndyPark Apartments along Wyoming Drive, Burrell Township.

• Shaquille Howard, 20, of Pittsburgh, formerly of West Wheatfield Township, was ordered to serve nine months to two years less one day in the Indiana County jail, followed by three years of probation, and was directed to pay $1,442.86 in fines, costs and restitution for a felony count of robbery.

Four other charges were dropped in a plea deal.

Howard pleaded guilty to the charge filed by Indiana Borough police, who accused Howard and two co-defendants of robbing Matthew Magill on April 29 in Magill’s apartment at 642 Wayne Ave.

• Thomas Jones, 22, of Sharon Hill, Delaware County, was required to pay $930.33 in fines, costs and restitution and was placed on probation for three years for receiving stolen property. Prosecutors dropped four other charges in a plea bargain.

Jones also was removed from probation for an earlier conviction and was ordered to serve six months to two years less one day in the county jail for conspiracy to retail theft.

• Stephanie Wise, 32, of First Street, Ernest, was removed from probation for earlier convictions for receiving stolen property and two counts of theft, was ordered to serve six months to two years less one day in Indiana County Jail, and was immediately paroled.

• Daniel Lydic, 43, of Mentcle, Pine Township, was ordered to serve three months to two years less one day in Indiana County Jail for a first-degree count of indecent assault, and under terms of Megan’s Law was required to register with the state police annually for life following his release from jail. Lydic also was assessed $2,057 in fines, costs and restitution. Prosecutors dropped one other charge in a plea bargain.

• Jalil Dill, 21, of South Third Street, Indiana, was given three months to two years less one day in Indiana County Jail, was immediately paroled, and was ordered to pay $1,271.53 in fines, court costs and restitution for receiving stolen property. Three other charges were dismissed in a plea agreement.

• Melanie Hillwig, 27, of Natrona Heights, Allegheny County, was removed from probation for a conviction for theft, was directed to serve three months to two years less one day in the county jail and was granted immediate parole.

• David Tassos, 51, of East Market Street, Blairsville, was ordered to serve two months to two years less one day in Indiana County Jail beginning Feb. 3, was given a concurrent term of 60 days in jail, was fined $1,000 and was required to pay unspecified court costs for one count each of accidents involving death or injury and driving under suspension related to DUI.

• Timothy Smeltzer, 30, of Glenshaw, Allegheny County, was removed from intermediate punishment for an earlier conviction for DUI, was ordered to serve 10 days to six months in Indiana County Jail and was immediately paroled.

• Nathan Hartley, 26, of Delmont, Westmoreland County, was removed from probation and ordered to serve 48 hours to 12 months in the county jail for unsworn falsification to authorities.

• Michael Grissom, 34, of McIntyre Road, Young Township, was removed from the intermediate punishment program, was placed in Indiana County Jail for 48 hours to six months and was assessed $1,583.35 in fines, costs and restitution for driving under the influence.

• Mark Gipe, 31, of Randolph, Mass., was ordered to pay a fine of $500, court costs of $443 and restitution of $22,207.97

Gipe, who pleaded guilty to one count of theft, also was placed on probation for four years. In a plea agreement, prosecutors dropped eight other charges.

• Amy Mahkovic, 46, of North Liberty Street, Blairsville, was sentenced in three cases to pay a total of $1,000 in fines, $7,511.18 of restitution and at least $1,462 in costs of prosecution for unrelated counts of receiving stolen property, retail theft and fraudulently obtaining food stamps.

Mahkovic also was ordered to serve three concurrent terms of three years on probation.

• Paula Soufl, 45, of South Stewart Street, Blairsville, was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $1,085 in court costs and was placed on probation for three years for retail theft, a third-degree felony.

• Adam Guesman, 30, of Route 403, Dixonville, was removed from intermediate punishment for a conviction for accidents involving damage to an attended vehicle and was placed on probation for one year.

• Melissa Hippchen, 35, of Edith Street, Homer City, was removed from probation for a conviction for welfare fraud and was placed on probation for one year.

• Bridget Boychuck, 30, of Third Avenue, Heilwood, was removed from parole for an earlier conviction for DUI.

• Patrick Spaid, 23, of Front Street, Robinson, was removed from parole for an earlier conviction for theft by deception, and was immediately placed on parole.

• Jessica Iapalucci, 36, of Jeannette, Westmoreland County, was removed from probation for an earlier conviction for receiving stolen property and was scheduled for sentencing on April 28.

• Christopher Hopkins, 41, of Warren Road, Indiana, was removed from parole for a conviction for corruption of minors and was promptly paroled.

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