Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following people recently entered guilty pleas in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

Chris D. Johnson, 37, Towanda, Pa. entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Johnson will be sentenced on May 31, 2012, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Johnson faces a maximum sentence of up to five years plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least 18 months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Trooper Michael Moser of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Johnson for the offense in October 2011 following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroe Township.

Richard D. Lines, 64, Monroeton, Pa. entered a plea of guilty to two counts of the offense of Indecent Assault, each a misdemeanor of the second degree. Lines will be sentenced following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Lines faces a maximum sentence of up to four years plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Trooper David Pelachick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Lines for the offense in January 2012 following investigation of incidents that occurred in Monroe Township.

Carole Wereski, 50, Towanda, Pa. entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Theft by Deception, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Wereski will be sentenced on May 17, 2012, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Wereski faces a maximum sentence of up to two years plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the Trooper Michael Moser of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Wereski for the offense in December 2011 following investigation of an incident that occurred in North Towanda Township.

Beth Kaczar, 31, Wyalusing, Pa. entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor. Kaczar will be sentenced on May 17, 2012, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Kaczar faces a maximum sentence of up to 12 months plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least six months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Agents of the Pennsylvania State Police Vice and Narcotics Unit arrested Kaczar for the offense in April 2011 following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wyalusing Borough.

Robert Hunsicker, 46, Canton, Pa. entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Hunsicker will be sentenced on May 17, 2012, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Hunsicker faces a maximum sentence of up to six months plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least 12 months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Officer Trent Wright of the Canton Borough Police arrested Hunsicker for the offense in September 2011 following investigation of an incident that occurred in Canton Borough.

Richard Wood, 18, Towanda, Pa. entered a plea of guilty to the offenses of Corruption of Minors, a misdemeanor of the first degree, and Indecent Assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Wood will be sentenced on May 17, 2012, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Wood faces a maximum sentence of up to seven years plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Trooper Thad Warnick of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Wood for the offenses in December 2011 following investigation of an incident that occurred in Monroeton Borough.

Gabriel Wilkins, 33, Elmira, N.Y., entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, a felony of the third degree. Wilkins will be sentenced on May 17, 2012, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Wilkins faces a maximum sentence of up to seven years plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least 12 months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Officer Derek Watkins of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Wilkins for the offense in December 2011.

Linda Vandevelde-Rivera, 50, Wyalusing, Pa. entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Vandevelde-Rivera will be sentenced on May 17, 2012, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, Vandevelde-Rivera faces a maximum sentence of up to six months plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least 12 months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Officer Denny Slater of the Athens Township Police arrested Vandevelde-Rivera for the offense in October 2011.

Amber L. DeSisti, 22, Athens, Pa. entered a plea of guilty to the offense of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, a misdemeanor of the second degree. DeSisti will be sentenced on May 31, 2012, following preparation of a presentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, DeSisti faces a maximum sentence of up to two years plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court.

Officer Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department arrested DeSisti for the offense in October 2011.

Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons were recently sentenced in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

Russell O. Ward, 52, Nicholson, Pa. was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from five days to six months, and a fine of $1,000, for the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. He will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 12 months. An additional license suspension of 18 months will be imposed for refusal to submit to testing when arrested. The sentence was imposed following Ward's conviction for Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor, following a criminal non-jury trial. Sergeant James Shaw of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Ward for the offense in January 2011.

Ward may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence and, if paroled, he will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Paris S. Fulton-May, 24, Canton, Pa. was sentenced to a total term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from 21 days and 72 hours to 18 months, and a total fine of $1,250, the offenses of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, each a misdemeanor. Fulton-May will also lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 12 months. The sentences were imposed following earlier guilty pleas. Troopers Wayne Dunkling and Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Fulton-May for the offenses in November 2010 and May 2011, respectively, after incidents that occurred in Canton and Granville Townships. Fulton-May may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence and, if paroled, she will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Matthew Thompson, 33, New Albany, Pa. was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from 90 days to 18 months, and a fine of $1,500, for the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Thompson will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 18 months. The sentence was imposed following an earlier guilty plea. Corporal Norman Strauss, III, of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Thompson for the offense in August 2011 after an incident that occurred in Albany Township.

Thompson may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence and, if paroled, he will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Gregory J. Vandyke, 32, Sayre, Pa. was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from three months to 12 months, probation for a term of 24 months, and a total fine of $800, for the offenses of Flight to Avoid Apprehension, a misdemeanor of the second degree, and Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the third degree. The sentences were imposed following earlier guilty pleas. Officer Bruce Hoffman of the Sayre borough Police Department arrested Vandyke for the offenses in June 2011. Vandyke may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence and, if paroled and while serving probation, he will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Vincent E. Sterling, 31, Towanda, Pa. was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from four days to six months, and a fine of $1,000, for the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Sterling will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 12 months. The sentence was imposed following an earlier guilty plea. Trooper George Layou of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Sterling for the offense in October 2011 following investigation of an incident that occurred in Sheshequin Township.

Sterling may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence and, if paroled, he will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Danielle P. Yates, 31, Buffalo, N.Y., was sentenced to a total term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from 60 days to 12 months plus 90 days, for two counts of the offense of Bad Check graded as a misdemeanor of the second degree and a misdemeanor of the third degree, respectively. Yates was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $184. The sentences were imposed following earlier guilty pleas. Commencement of the sentences was deferred until April 12, 2012 due to the plea agreement reached between Yates and the Bradford County District Attorney having been rejected by the court. When, and if, Yates' sentence becomes effective, she may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum portion thereof and, if paroled, she will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

Dion David Derrig, 50, Sayre, Pa., was sentenced to a total term of imprisonment in a Pennsylvania State Correctional Facility of from 32 months to 120 months for the offenses of Deceptive Business Practices and Retail Theft, each a felony of the third degree. Derrig was also ordered to pay restitution in the total amount of $8,448. The sentences were imposed following criminal trials by jury in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas. Derrig's sentences will run consecutively to sentences previously ordered in the State of New York and Pennsylvania. Officer Timothy Cahill of the Athens Borough Police Department and Officer John Fedorchak of the Athens Township Police Department arrested Derrig for the offenses in September 2010. Derrig may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum portion of his total sentence and, if paroled, he will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.

Justin Breon, 22, Muncy, Pa. was sentenced to probation for a term of 12 months, and a fine of $300, for the offense of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. The sentence was imposed following an earlier guilty plea. Trooper Bryan Fedor of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Breon for the offense in Dec. 8, 2009, after an incident in Wyalusing Township. While on Probation, Breon will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department. Violations of probation conditions may result in revocation of probation and resentencing.

Brenda Burbage, 43, Robbeling, N.J., was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility of from five days to six months, and a fine of $1,000, for the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor. Burbage will also lose her Pennsylvania driving privilege for 12 months. The sentence was imposed following an earlier guilty plea. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Burbage for the offense in August 2011 after an incident that occurred in Towanda Township. Burbage may be eligible for parole after serving the minimum sentence and, if paroled, she will be subject to supervision and monitoring by the Bradford County Probation Department.

 

Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett announced that the following persons were recently placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Program in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda:

Brent Knapp, 23, Waverly, N.Y, charged with the offense of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of 18 months. While on probation Knapp will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Knapp must perform 40 hours of community service. Officer Thomas Wilson of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Knapp for the offense.

Dwayne Shoemaker, 43, Wysox, Pa. charged with the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, was accepted into the ARD Program and placed on probation for a term of nine months. While on probation Shoemaker will be subject to supervision by the Bradford County Probation Department, which supervision will include monitoring for drug or alcohol use. Additionally, Shoemaker must perform 40 hours of community service with the DUI Litter Brigade and attend a Victim Impact Panel; he will also lose his Pennsylvania driving privilege for 60 days. Trooper George Layou of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Shoemaker for the offense following investigation of an incident that occurred in Wysox Township.

Bradford County District Attorney Daniel J. Barrett, announced that the following person entered a plea of Nolo Contendere in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda, on April 2:

George White, 21, East Waterford, Pa. entered a plea of Nolo Contendere to the offense of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor, and Flight to Avoid Apprehension, a misdemeanor of the second degree. White will be sentenced on May 17, 2012, following preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Bradford County Probation Department. At sentencing, White faces a maximum sentenced of up to two years and six months plus fine(s), costs, restitution to victims, loss of Pennsylvania driving privilege for at least 12 months, and any other conditions deemed appropriate by the sentencing court. Trooper Joshua Fisher of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested White for the offense in October 29, 2011, following investigation of an incident that occurred in Sheshequin Township. A plea of Nolo Contendere has the same legal effect as a guilty plea. A Nolo Contendere plea is accepted by the court in situations such as White's where a Defendant cannot remember committing the crime but concedes that the Commonwealth's evidence in support of its case against him will prove his guilt.