Criminal court, July 11, 2017 – Republican & Herald

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POTTSVILLE — A Mahanoy City man returned to prison Thursday after a Schuylkill County judge revoked his parole.

Timothy D. McKerns, 37, must remain behind bars until Nov. 7, unless he is sent to a long-term substance abuse rehabilitation facility, President Judge William E. Baldwin ordered. McKerns could remain in prison until may 2, 2018, under the terms of Baldwin’s order.

“He’s proven that he doesn’t do well” when not in confinement, Baldwin said of McKerns, who sat through the hearing wearing a prison jumpsuit, handcuffs and leg shackles.

McKerns originally pleaded guilty on Sept. 28, 2016, to possession of a controlled substance, with prosecutors withdrawing a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. At that time, Baldwin sentenced him to serve 13 days to 12 months in prison and pay costs, $100 to the Substance Abuse Education Fund, $50 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account and $113 restitution to the state police crime laboratory in Bethlehem.

The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation charged McKerns with possessing drugs on March 31, 2015.

Also on Thursday, Judge John E. Domalakes sentenced Eugene C. Wilson, 55, of Mahanoy City, to serve 60 to 90 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, and pay costs and a $500 fine, for driving under suspension-DUI related. Domalakes made the sentence effective on July 20.

Wilson had pleaded guilty on March 23. State police at Frackville had charged Wilson with driving under suspension on May 19, 2016, in Mahanoy Township.

Magsiterial District Judge Anthony J. Kilker, Shenandoah, originally accepted Wilson’s guilty plea on Oct. 6, 2016, but Wilson appealed that ruling on Nov. 4, 2016.

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