A 38-year-old Luzerne man was sentenced Wednesday to 16-84 months in state prison for his role in a Wyoming County home invasion Dec. 23.
Charles Dale Atkinson Jr. appeared before President Judge Russell Shurtleff with his attorney Jonathan Blum who acknowledged his client’s long history of heroin use.
“I take responsibility for being at the scene,” Atkinson told the judge. “I should have known better than to go on someone else’s property.”
According to court records, Atkinson and two others - Kevin Isbel Jr., 35, of Hunlock Creek, and Joseph Anthony Dickson, 47, of Trucksville - were rounded up by police on Dec. 23 after a neighbor observed three males running from a Sheehan Road house and called police.
Another neighbor said he got a knock on the door from a stranger to the area who claimed to be broken down and was covered in mud, so that neighbor also called authorities.
That’s when police stepped in and began to unravel why three Luzerne County men were at a home in rural Mehoopany Township.
Isbel, who like Atkinson, entered a guilty plea in April for a lone felony charge of criminal trespass, was also on Wednesday’s court docket to be sentenced, but did not show up.
Judge Shurtleff issued a warrant for Isbel’s arrest.
Dickson is on the court calendar for a jury trial in the matter on July 15.
After his hearing, Atkinson was taken into custody, received credit for 24 day’s incarceration in the county jail, and also faces a $500 fine.
Other sentences handed down Wednesday morning by Judge Shurtleff in the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas:
*William Louis Adams Jr., 32, of Troy, was sentenced to 12-24 months in state prison, a $500 fine and $700 in restitution for theft by unlawful taking on July 17, 2018.
*Reed Scott Atkins, 19 of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to a $500 fine for small amount of marijuana in Dec. 29, 2018.
*Joyce Ann Barber, 62, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to 12 months probation and a $500 fine for theft by unlawful taking on Nov. 17, 2018.
*Kevin Richard Belcher Jr., 25, of Troy, was sentenced to 1-18 months in county jail, a $500 fine, and $1,200 restitution for flight to avoid apprehension on May 22, 2018.
*Scott Anthony Carachilo, 46, of Laceyville was sentenced to an intermediate punishment treatment court sentence of six months commencing with 90 days house arrest for DUI, second offense, on Nov. 26, 2017; and to an intermediate punishment treatment court sentence of 30 months followed by 54 months of probation, commencing with 12 months house arrest for DUI, third offense, on Jan. 15.
*Melinda Marie Dunn, 32, of Nicholson, was sentenced to 6 months intermediate punishment commencing with 30 days house arrest and a $500 fine for DUI on July 30, 2018; and to 12 months probation and a $500 fine for retail theft on Dec. 18, 2018, with sentences to be served consecutively.
*Kayla Elizabeth, Dziki, 25, of Tunkhannock, was sentenced to 90 days-23 months in county jail followed by 37 months probation and a $1,500 fine for DUI of a controlled substance, second offense.
*Norman Orrin Fassett, 58, of Scranton, was sentenced to 18 months probation and a $500 fine for firearms not to be carried without a license on Apr. 12, 2018.
*Kory Warren Jones, 24, of Clarks Summit, was sentenced to 7-23 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine for recklessly endangering another person on Sep. 14, 2018.
*Derek Gerald Mahler, 27, of Scranton, was sentenced to 72 hours-6 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine for DUI of a controlled substance on June 26, 2018.
*Levi Joseph McDermott, 28, of Stroudsburg, was sentenced to 2-12 months in county jail and a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia on Mar. 14, 2018.
*Corin Royale Olshan, 27, of Laceyville, was sentenced to 9-16 months in state prison and a $500 fine for access device fraud on May 11, 2018.
*Joseph Michael Rosser, 31, of Kingston, was sentenced to 90 days-23 months in county jail, followed by 37 months probation, and a $1,500 fine for DUI, second offense, on Feb. 3, 2018.
*Benjamin Leo Southworth, 38, of Mehoopany, was sentenced to 3-6 months in county jail and a $1,000 fine, for DUI of a controlled substance on Jan. 1.
*Michael James Vacaro, 24, of Montrose, was sentenced to 4-12 months in county jail and a $500 fine for possession of drug paraphernalia on March 21; and to a $300 fine and $53.17 restitution for retail theft on March 21.
*Joshua Allarue Wood, 34,of Sugar Run, was sentenced to 6 months probation, a $300 fine and $800 restitution for DUI on Dec. 21, 2018.