A 55-year-old Bradford County man could face as much as 10 and a half years in state prison after pleading guilty to homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in a Sept. 5 accident that killed a 90-year-old Tunkhannock woman.
John Russell Hanyen, 55, of Sunnyside Road, Milan, appeared before President Judge Russell Shurtleff Friday morning, who also set fines of up to $30,000, including $25,000 for the homicide as well as $5,000 for a DUI, second offense. The judge shared that the vehicular homicide had a 10-year maximum and 3-year minimum sentence, while the second DUI had a 6-month maximum sentence.
According to court records, Hanyen originally left the scene of the accident which took the life of Maxine Stroka who was placing her garbage out by the road in the evening when he swerved into the westbound lane and hit something.
An eyewitness wrote down the license tag number of the 2003 Hyundai involved in the accident and then called 911.
A couple of hours later a state police car spotted the vehicle and it was pulled over heading westbound on the Rt. 6 bypass south of Tunkhannock.
District Attorney said that Hanyen’s blood alcohol level was .12 percent, and it was his second DUI arrest.
He remains in the Wyoming County Correctional facility under $75,000 bail. Judge Shurtleff said he would be sentenced at a later date.
Other pleas entered before Judge Shurtleff on Friday:
*Jamie Aaron Aldrich, 24, of Sweet Valley, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest on June 17.
*John Douglass Conahan, 38, of Tamaqua, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Sept. 2.
*Ryan Jacob Conklin, 22, of Clifford Township, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on Aug. 16.
*Danny Marc Donald Deneault, 20, of Clifford Township, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on July 7.
*Ray Dean Dennis, 43, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Dec. 30, 2016.
*Brandy Lin Dugan, 38, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI on Nov. 13, 2016.
*Austin Taylor Garcia, 18, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to fleeing and attempting to elude officer on July 11; and to endangering the welfare of children on July 11.
*Johnathan Edward Holsopple, 24, of Monroe Township, pleaded guilty to fleeing or attempting to elude officer on Sept. 5.
*Jamie Lynn Hoyt, 30 of Monroe Township, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass on May 26.
*Kyle Lee Keen, 27, of Camp Hill, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property on May 9, 2016.
*Sarah Christina Maryasz, 39, of Wyalusing, pleaded guilty to DUI on June 12, 2016.
*Nicholas Patrick Nauroth, 35, of Clarks Summit, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver on Aug. 30, 2016; and to criminal use of a communication facility on Sept. 13, 2016. He was immediately sentenced to 21-60 months in state prison and a $500 fine on the former charge, and 14-36 months in state prison and a $500 fine on the latter charge with both to be served consecutively. However both sentences were suspended so he could serve 30 months in Drug Treatment Court, and he was being released to a rehabilitation center that day.
*Brian Howard Newhart, 33, of Friendsville, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver on Dec. 2, 2016; and to DUI of a controlled substance on April 22.
*Nicholas Zachary Palmer, 28, of Nicholson, pleaded guilty to indecent assault on Jan. 1, 2004.
*James Henry Rail, 31, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to harassment on June 27.
*Randolf Jay Reiger, 29, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to theft of services on July 7.
*Joshua Lee Smith, 36, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to contraband on Feb. 1.
*Randy Justin Warrelmann, 24, of Harveys Lake, pleaded guilty to possession of Drug paraphernalia on Dec. 3, 2014.
*George E. Zacharias, 55, of Monroe Township, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Aug. 1.