A Penn Run man has been sent to a state prison for up to 10 years for his role in a series of thefts and armed confrontations through southern Indiana County late last year.
David Dilts Jr., 36, was sentenced for his guilty pleas to five of the 31 charges that had been filed against him by state police.
Prosecutors set aside the remaining 26 outstanding counts.
Dilts admitted in March to his role in the theft of a pickup truck, continued with the theft of a rifle and a hand-to-hand struggle with a man who took the stolen gun from him.
In all, troopers charged Dilts with five counts of burglary and two counts of robbery, all first-degree felonies, six other felony offenses, 13 misdemeanors and five summary violations.
The one-man crime wave began Nov. 29 on Main Street, Conemaugh Township, where Dilts broke into a house, stole the keys to a 2016 Nissan Frontier and drove away while the owners were not at home.
Within a few hours, troopers charged, a woman returned to her home along Short Lane, Young Township, found the stolen Nissan in her driveway and confronted Dilts as he left her house with a .22-caliber rifle. Dilts, police said, fought with the woman and fled in the truck with her gun.
Minutes later, residents of a house along Iselin Road, Young Township, were alarmed when Dilts poked the barrel of the rifle through an open window at the rear of their home, then fled when a man inside threatened to shoot Dilts with a handgun if he entered the house.
Later that afternoon, troopers said, investigators discovered the stolen truck had been wrecked and abandoned at Gamble and Germany Lutheran Cemetery roads, West Wheatfield Township. Police found a black hooded sweatshirt matching the one worn by the suspect described by the victims.
Some time later, police charged, Dilts approached a man walking a dog on Roy Boring Road, West Wheatfield Township, pointed the rifle at him and demanded his vehicle. The man threw Dilts to the ground and took the gun from him; Dilts fled on foot and unarmed, according to investigators.
Dilts, in the Indiana County Jail, faced Judge William Martin, in the Indiana County Court House, by online video Friday morning and was ordered to serve one to five years in prison for theft, followed by six months to four years for criminal trespass and six months to one year for making terroristic threats. Martin ordered Dilts to concurrently serve additional terms of six months to two years for simple assault and six months to two years for recklessly endangering another person.
At the same time, Martin revoked the terms on probation that Dilts was serving for two earlier convictions, for unrelated counts of theft and receiving stolen property that had been filed in 2013, and ordered him to serve prison terms of six months to one year on each of the charges, but concurrently with the sentence for the November offenses.
Martin granted credit for the time Dilts spent in the county jail since his arrest on Dec. 3. The minimum sentence makes Dilts eligible for parole in December 2021.
Dilts also was assessed $655.75 in court costs — including a $250 fee for having his DNA analyzed and added to a national crime database — and was told to pay $4,088.75 of restitution to the victims.
• Judge Michael Clark sentenced Brandon Wolfe, 20, of Glen Campbell, to serve three months to two years less one day in the Indiana County Jail for a third-degree felony count of escape and a concurrent term of one month to one year in jail for possession of a controlled substance. He also was required to serve three years on parole following his release.
Wolfe was ordered to pay an unspecified fine for driving while his license was suspended.
No penalties were assessed for two summary offenses, to which he had pleaded guilty in January.
The charges were among 10 counts filed against him by Clymer Borough police following a traffic stop Oct. 3 on Sherman Street.
In connection with the conviction, Clark revoked terms of parole and probation that Wolfe was serving for his convictions for driving under the influence and unauthorized use of a vehicle, which had been filed against him in 2019. Wolfe was given an additional term of two years on probation.
In an unrelated case, Clark placed Wolfe on probation for two years for a guilty plea to institutional vandalism, a charge filed by state police for an incident Sept. 24 in White Township. Wolfe also was assessed unspecified court costs.
Further, Wolfe was ordered to serve eight months to two years less one day in the county jail followed by three years of probation for a first-degree felony count of burglary. State police had charged him with eight felony offenses stemming from an incident Sept. 7 in Green Township.
Clark required him to pay unspecified court costs and a fine in the case, and allowed Wolfe to concurrently earn credit on the sentences for the September offenses with the term for the October case.
• Naikir Green, 18, of West Philadelphia, was ordered to serve one month to two years less one day in the county jail, followed by two years on probation for possession with intent to deliver drugs, for offenses Sept. 28 in East Wheatfield Township, and was told to serve a concurrent term of two years of probation for an unrelated count of institutional vandalism on Oct. 13 in White Township.
Clark assessed unspecified fines, costs of prosecution and restitution in the cases and placed Green on immediate parole.