Criminal court, June 9, 2017 – Republican & Herald

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POTTSVILLE — A Pottsville man will not have to spend more time in prison after admitting June 2 to a Schuylkill County judge that he possessed drug paraphernalia three times in three separate municipalities in 2016.

Bobby L. Taylor, 23, pleaded guilty to three separate charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors withdrew a charge of public drunkenness.

Judge John E. Domalakes accepted the plea and, pursuant to an agreement between prosecutors and the defendant, sentenced him to serve one day to 12 months in prison with immediate parole and pay costs and $300 in payments to the Substance Abuse Education Fund.

Schuylkill Haven borough police charged Taylor with possessing paraphernalia on April 19, 2016, Pottsville police charged him with possessing it on Sept. 22, 2016, and Frackville borough police charged him with possessing it on Oct. 11, 2016.

In a May 31 case, a Pottsville woman admitted that prosecutors could prove she committed two thefts and possessed drug paraphernalia.

Ashley M. Pratt, 28, pleaded no contest to theft in one case, guilty to theft by deception in a second case and guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia in a third. Prosecutors withdrew two charges of receiving stolen property.

Domalakes accepted Pratt’s pleas and sentenced her to time served to 12 months in prison. Domalakes also ordered Pratt to pay costs, a $100 SAEF payment, $100 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account and $180.60 restitution.

Pottsville police charged Pratt with committing the theft on April 24 and possessing paraphernalia on March 26, 2016, while state police at Schuylkill Haven charged her with committing the theft by deception on June 16, 2016.

By pleading no contest to the theft, Pratt did not admit committing that crime, but offered no defense to it, acknowledged prosecutors had enough evidence to prove her guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and agreed to be sentenced as if she had pleaded or been found guilty.

Also on May 31, Torey L. Mack, 25, of Shartlesville, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance. Prosecutors withdrew charges of delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Domalakes sentenced Mack to serve six to 12 months in prison and pay costs, a $100 SAEF payment, a $50 CJEA payment, $200 to the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force and $113 restitution to the state police crime laboratory in Bethlehem.

Hegins Township police charged Mack with possessing drugs on Feb. 2, 2016.

In other criminal court action, a Pottsville woman admitted May 30 to a Schuylkill County judge that she possessed drug paraphernalia in June 2016 and trespassed on a property in February.

Mary V. Leonard, 52, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia in one case and criminal trespass in a second. Prosecutors withdrew a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia in a third case.

Judge John E. Domalakes accepted Leonard’s plea and, pursuant to an agreement between prosecutors and the defendant, placed her on probation for six months and also sentenced her to pay costs, $100 to the SAEF and $50 to the CJEA, and to submit a DNA sample to law enforcement authorities.

Pottsville police filed the charges against Leonard in both cases in which she pleaded guilty, alleging she possessed paraphernalia on June 11, 2016, and trespassed on Feb. 2. Each incident occurred in the city, police said.

In another May 30 case, John D. Berger, 32, of Pottsville, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and one of flight to avoid apprehension or trial.

Domalakes accepted Berger’s plea and, pursuant to an agreement between prosecutors and the defendant, sentenced him to serve one to 12 months in prison and pay costs and $200 in SAEF payments.

Pottsville police charged Berger with possessing paraphernalia on Nov. 25, 2016 and Feb. 12, and also with fleeing from them in the latter incident. These incidents each occurred in the city, according to police.

In a Wednesday case, Paul H. Loy III, 43, of Lebanon, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, with prosecutors withdrawing charges of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility.

Domalakes accepted Loy’s plea and, pursuant to an agreement between prosecutors and the defendant, sentenced him to spend 12 months on probation and pay costs, a $100 SAEF payment, a $50 CJEA payment, a $50 bench warrant fee and $113 restitution to the state police crime laboratory in Bethlehem.

West Mahanoy Township police charged Loy with possessing drugs on Sept. 23, 2014, in the township.

In more criminal court action, a Barnesville man went free Tuesday after a Schuylkill County jury acquitted him of a charge of stealing items in November 2016 from a Pottsville grocery store.

Brandon R. Snyder, 34, is not guilty of retail theft, the jury of six men and six women decided at the end of a one-day trial over which Judge James P. Goodman presided.

Pottsville police had charged Snyder, who did not testify or offer any other evidence, with stealing peanut butter, iced tea and an energy drink on Nov. 15, 2016, from the Giant supermarket, 500 Progress Ave., in the city.

“His clothing was the same” as the man on the videotapes from the supermarket, where Snyder admitted being, police Sgt. John H. Mohl testified.

However, when cross examined by Assistant Public Defender Paul G. Domalakes, Snyder’s lawyer, Mohl said the defendant had none of the three stolen items on him when arrested.

In another Tuesday case, Jeffrey C. Swiger, 50, of Pottsville, is headed to state prison after pleading guilty to crimes arising from three incidents.

Swiger pleaded guilty to retail theft in two cases and possession of a controlled substance and driving under suspension in the third. Prosecutors withdrew charges of receiving stolen property and operating a vehicle without required financial responsibility.

Judge John E. Domalakes accepted the plea and, pursuant to the agreement between prosecutors and the defendant, sentenced Swiger to serve 1 1/2 to three years in a state correctional institution, pay costs, a $1,000 fine, $100 to the SAEF, $150 to the CJEA and $67.98 restitution to Kohl’s Department Store, and submit a DNA sample to law enforcement authorities.

State police at Schuylkill Haven charged Swiger with committing the thefts on June 16, 2016, and again on June 18, 2016, at Kohl’s at Fairlane Village mall in Norwegian Township, while Pottsville police charged him with possessing drugs and driving with a suspended license on Sept. 29, 2016, in the city.

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