January 27, 2014 |
HARRY GAINES, the West Philadelphia man arrested last January for slashing the tires of 56 parked cars in the neighborhood, was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail yesterday. The sentence, handed down by Common Pleas Judge Rayford Means, will allow Gaines to be released during the day to work and return to jail at night. Work release, the judge said, will give Gaines, 28, the ability to find a job to pay restitution - estimated at $5,000 - to his victims. Means also sentenced Gaines to serve 30 years of probation and ordered him to cooperate with the District Attorney's Office in the prosecution of his codefendant and stepsister, Aleze Lewis, 37. Her trial is scheduled for March.
August 17, 2012 |
The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee is set to hold a public hearing this morning in Montgomeryville on a House bill that would increase penalties for illegal possession of a firearm. The hearing is being hosted by State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R., Montgomery/Bucks) longtime chairman of the Judiciary Committee. Its purpose is to elicit comment from area citizens and law enforcement officials on the legislation. Scheduled speakers include the bill's sponsor State Rep. Todd Stephens, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin R. Steele, and Mark H. Bergstrom, executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission of Sentencing.
October 26, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - An expired car registration has landed a man back in prison after 25 years on the lam, police said. Alfred Libiano, 64, of Easton, who walked away from work release at the Northampton County Prison on May 9, 1986, was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police during a traffic stop in Monroe County. - AP
May 16, 2011 |
Patrick Groce, a family man with plenty of community ties, was a 19-year-old thug in June 1994 when he and a buddy pulled their car to the curb, verbally taunted a gay man and beat the stranger to the ground near 13th and Lombard streets. "Are you gay? Are you gay? Are you a faggot?" Groce and Thomas Grafton yelled at Allan Yollin, 30, before unleashing the attack, which left the victim with bruised ribs and facial scratches. Police chased and caught the pair, who were convicted of aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and simple assault.
January 26, 2011 |
A Pottstown man who stole more than $127,000 from his former employer, the Honey Brook Fire Company's ambulance division, will spend 111/2 to 23 months in jail, followed by five years' probation. Chester County Court Judge Ronald Nagle imposed the sentence Tuesday on Christopher A. Yocom, 35. The judge made Yocom eligible for work release, explaining that he did so only because Yocom had repaid $65,000 of the stolen money. The judge said the theft, which involved diverting ambulance checks to a personal account from February 2007 until February 2009, represented "a significant, significant, amount of money.
September 13, 2010 |
Lancaster County prison officials use an iris scanner to identify inmates so there is no mistaking who walks out the door. In Bucks County, a supervisor triple-checks paperwork to avoid errors; Montgomery County requires at least two corrections officers to discharge a prisoner. In Chester County, inmates wear photo identification cards. Even with those measures, wardens say mistaken releases happen, though rarely - no more than one a year from each county jail. Prison officials in Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbs say they have not had the kinds of problems with mistaken releases that Delaware County has had; at least five inmates have been released in error there since May. Montgomery County has had only one mistaken release in the last 15 years; Chester County has had one in the last two years; and Bucks and Philadelphia officials say about once a year prisoners in those counties are let out of jail too early.
June 9, 2010 |
ALL THAT stuff we told you yesterday about Charlie Sheen 's plea bargain . . . Never mind. According to TMZ.com, the deal fell apart because Jail Administrative Officer Beverly Campbell refused to give Charlie work release. She felt he was only eligible for "Useful Public Service" (or UPS, or "What can a brown jumpsuit do for you?"), which would not allow him to smoke or eat outside the jail, and his hours of freedom would be more limited. Sheriff Bob Braudis allegedly agreed to the work release but has since decided to back Beverly.
December 9, 2009 |
Former Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress wants to get a break from prison, but prosecutors said yesterday they will likely try to block his bid for work release because he hasn't served enough time. The former New York Giant applied for a work furlough - which would let him spend some portion of his time at home - on Nov. 25, about 2 months into his 2-year sentence for carrying an unlicensed gun that went off and wounded him at a Manhattan nightclub. State prison system officials are expected to decide on his request next month.
November 26, 2009 |
South Philadelphia mob associate Louis "Bent Finger Lou" Monacello, a prime target in a state police investigation dubbed Operation Delco Nostra, was sentenced yesterday to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison. Delaware County Court Judge Frank T. Hazel imposed the sentence during a half-hour hearing in which Monacello, 43, pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges tied to the case. Monacello was ordered to surrender to county prison officials Jan. 5. Whether he spends any time behind bars, however, is uncertain.
April 24, 2009 |
A college student from Chester County was sentenced yesterday to six to 23 months in prison for severely beating an employee of Geno's Steaks in South Philadelphia. Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Dempsey sentenced Kevin Bacci, 20, to prison but allowed him to serve the term on work release, meaning that Bacci will have to return to prison every evening on work days and stay in prison when he is not working. He must also serve four years of probation. "I do believe you are truly sorry for your actions that night; no matter, the damage remains," Dempsey told Bacci.