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Bradford DA Issues Sentencing Report

Bradford County District Attorney Stephen Downs announced that on Aug 6, 9 and 16 the following persons entered guilty pleas, were sentenced or placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program:

Guilty Pleas

Derek Tunnicliff, 19, Canton, entered a plea of guilty to Theft by Unlawful Taking, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Defendant entered this plea following revocation of his ARD. Defendant faces a sentence of imprisonment of up to two years and fines of up to $5,000. The case arose out of an arrest by Trooper James Kerrick, Pennsylvania State Police.

Elenora Armitage, 22, Towanda RR2, pleaded guilty to the offense of Forgery, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Armitage faces imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of up to $10,000 at sentencing, in the discretion of the sentencing court. Trooper Stephen N. Brdaric, Jr. charged Armitage with the offense in May 2004 following investigation of a report that an altered prescription had been presented to a pharmacy in North Towanda Township.

George S. Mosier, III, 42, New Albany RR2, pleaded guilty to Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Trooper Matthew J. Slacktish of the Pennsylvania State Police charged Mosier with the offense in April 2004 after investigation of a report that a motor vehicle containing an apparently unconscious driver was observed stopping along a public road in Albany Township with its engine running.

Darrin Steele, 31, Towanda, pleaded guilty to Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree, and Reckless Driving, a summary offense. At sentencing, Steele will face imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of up to $10,000 for the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, and a fine of $200 for the offense of Reckless Driving; the sentence ordered in Steele's case will be in the discretion of the sentencing court. Steele was charged with the offenses in November 2003 by Officer Randy Epler of the Towanda Borough Police Department and Trooper Craig V. Venesky of the Pennsylvania State Police, respectively, in connectionwith unrelated incidents in Towanda Borough and North Towanda Township involving a motor vehicle operated by Steele.

Brandon Wright, 19, Sayre, pleaded guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance (Prescription Medication), a misdemeanor offense. Officer Derek Watkins of the Sayre Borough Police Department charged Wright with the offense in June 2004 following investigation of a report that an apparently unconscious person was sleeping on a picnic table in a public park in Sayre Borough.

Sentencings

Thomas Tedesco, 27, Waverly, NY, was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a minimum term of seven days and a maximum term of 12 months, a fine of $300 and payment of restitution in the amount of $26,619.55 for the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Tedesco was also ordered to attend a Victim Impact Panel and, as a result of his conviction, he will lose his driving privilege for at least one year. Officer James Altieri of the South Waverly Police Department arrested Tedesco for the offense in September.

Franklin Durizch, 35, Sayre, was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a minimum term of 15 days and a maximum term of 23 months for the offense of Simple Assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Officer Thomas E. Wilson of the Sayre Borough Police Department arrested Durizch for the offense in January 2004.

John P. Sandor, Jr., 57, Troy, was sentenced to imprisonment in the Bradford County Correctional Facility for a minimum term of 45 days and a maximum term of 23 months and a fine of $300 for the offense of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Additionally, Sandor was ordered to attend a Victim Impact Panel and he will lose his driving privilege for at least 18 months. Sandor was arrested for the offense by Trooper Robert C. Edgerton of the Pennsylvania State Police in February 2004.

Darrin Steele, 31, Towanda, was sentenced to pay a fine of $200 for Reckless Driving, a summary offense. Additionally, Steele will lose his driving privilege for at least six months as a result of his conviction. Trooper Craig V. Venesky of the Pennsylvania State Police arrested Steele for the offense in November 2003.

ARD Program

Paul M. Keeney, 38, Monroeton, was placed on probation for a term of 12 months and will lose his driving privilege for a period of at least 60 days. Additionally, the court ordered Keeney to perform 24 hours of community service, to attend a Victim Impact Panel, to undergo a full drug and alcohol assessment, and to attend Safe Driving School. While on probation, Keeney will be subject to random drug and alcohol testing at his own expense and he will be required to pay a supervision fee of $30 per month. Keeney's placement in the ARD program resulted from his arrest for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol by Trooper Wayne W. Dunkling of the Pennsylvania State Police in May 2004.

District Attorney Stephen Downs announced the following jury trial verdicts for the trial week beginning Aug. 9.

Paul David Owen, 44, East Smithfield, was found not guilty of Rape, a felony of the first degree, Corruption of a minor, a misdemeanor of the first degree; Indecent Assault, a misdemeanor of the second degree and of Sexual Assault, a felony of the second degree, all arising from alleged contact with a female minor in Smithfield Township, investigated and charged by Pennsylvania State Police.

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