A 27-year-old Tunkhannock man who faced up to 10 years in state prison and a $100,000 fine for conspiring last August to possess drugs with intent to deliver, got a new lease on life Friday with an opportunity to enter drug treatment court.

Timothy David Wood told Wyoming County Judge Russell Shurtleff in a virtual hearing, “I need this program to regain control of my life.”

Paul Ackourey, representing Wood on a conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver felony charge, said his client had a troubled past “but I believe he sincerely wants to move forward.”

Jennifer McCambridge, representing Wood on an obstruction of administration of law charge in December said that because of family support she believed her client was the type of individual “who would do well. He has the desire to get better,” she said.

Wood, who faced an additional 2-year sentence on the obstruction charge, will have both sentences set aside, as he enters 30 months of the Wyoming/Sullivan County Drug Treatment Court, commencing with 90 days house arrest.

Other guilty pleas entered virtually before Judge Shurtleff on Friday morning include:

  • Timothy Paul Dunnells, 55, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to DUI on Aug. 2, 2019.
  • Brendon Christopher Ely, 19, of Monroe Township, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Sept. 28, 2018.
  • Adam Thomas Eyet, 30, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Feb. 18, 2019.
  • Joseph Kevin Isaac Howard, 25, of Gouldsboro, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors around Sept. 1, 2016.
  • Janis Kruszka, 54, of Hanover Township, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on July 13, 2018.

Dannielle Rene Leskoven, 29, of New Albany, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Sept. 29, 2019.

  • Francis Charles Schuch, 51, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance on Jan. 6; and to possession of drug paraphernalia on Jan. 6.
  • Christopher Eugene Staley, 34, of Rusk, Texas, pleaded guilty to DUI on Nov. 2, 2019, in Tunkhannock Township; and to DUI, second offense, on Nov. 3, 2019, in Lemon Township.
  • Alicia Marie Taylor, 29, of Sayre, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on May 22.
  • Cody Lee Wolbers, 23, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance, 2nd offense, on Dec. 6, 2019.
  • Four individuals had expected pleas delayed one month.
  • Michael John Budzak, 43, of Noxen, who was to enter a guilty plea to possession of drug paraphernalia on Jan. 8, had his case continued on motion of attorney Jesse Hallinan.
  • Courtney Elizabeth Casterline, 25, of Monroe Township, who was to enter a guilty plea for possession of drug paraphernalia on March 22, 2019, had her case continued on motion of attorney Jesse Hallinan.
  • Timothy Lee Crawford, 48, of Laceyville, who was to enter a guilty plea to possession of drug paraphernalia on Aug. 10, 2019, had his case continued on motion of attorney Paul Ackourey.
  • Jerome John Dunbar, 62, of Dallas, who was to enter a guilty plea of possession with intent to deliver on Sept. 14, 2019, had his case continued on motion of attorney Theron Solomon.

One person did not appear and had his case moved to the July trial date.

  • Damyan Mark Hopper, 21, of Noxen, who was to enter a guilty plea of fleeing or eluding police on Dec. 9, 2019, did not appear. District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said he would be in favor of going forward with Hopper for jury trial in July.
  • Robert Joseph Nast, 25, of Tunkhannock, who was to enter a guilty plea of DUI, second offence, on Sept, 23, 2016; and to DUI, third offense, on Dec. 14, 2019, did not appear,

DA Mitchell asked that a bench warrant for Nast’s arrest be issued, and Judge Shurtleff did.

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