Published: Sunday, May 6, 2007
MERCER COUNTY Court action
These sentences were handed down last week by Mercer County Common Pleas Court judges:
Andrew L. Paden, 23, of Shearer Road, Greenville, sentenced to six to 23 months in Mercer County Jail for homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence. He also was given 177 days of concurrent probation and fined $1,850. He was granted work release. Paden was driving under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of his vehicle April 8, 2006, on Pa. Route 62, Jackson Center. The car left the road and crashed, killing Paden's passenger, Bradley Simmons.
Eric Hayes, 29, of Canal Street, Greenville, sentenced to nine to 24 months in prison for conspiracy to commit criminal trespass. On Jan. 1, 2006, Hayes and another man kicked open the basement door to enter a Greenville home. Once inside, the men stole items worth $1,230.
Derrick Carter, 33, of Stambaugh Avenue, Sharon, sentenced to 11 to 23 months in Mercer County Jail for flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property. He also was ordered to make restitution. On July 14, 2006, while police were trying to arrest him at his home on outstanding warrants, he tried to disarm a police officer, pushed him and fled. Carter was also found in possession of a stolen firearm.
Carol Panko, 37, of Amity, had her probation revoked for endangering the welfare of children and was resentenced to two to 23 months in Mercer County Jail. She was given 59 days credit for time served. Panko had been placed on two years' probation in July 2005 for leaving her 3-year old son alone, naked and dirty in their apartment. She was declared in violation of probation terms March 29 because she consumed alcohol and tried to injure herself with scissors.
Donald Swartz, 53, of Scrubgrass Road, Mercer, sentenced to three to six months in Mercer County Jail followed by 42 months' probation for two counts of misdemeanor indecent assault. Swartz fondled a 16-year-old girl while she was unconscious and provided her with five cigarettes, all at a Coolspring Township address in August 2006.
Alan Wagner, 53, of Franklin, sentenced to two to five years in prison for burglary. The sentence was ordered to be served at the Forensic Center of Warren State Hospital, North Warren, Pa., or a similar facility where he can receive appropriate psychiatric care. Wagner burglarized a rental storage unit in New Vernon Township in November 2005. He took a Christmas tree, a jewelry box and photos worth $130.
Shawnte Jackson, 27, of Spearman Avenue, Farrell, placed on one year's probation for disorderly conduct. Jackson threw several football-sized rocks at a vehicle parked outside a Sharon home and also deliberately struck the vehicle with her own June 1, 2006. The victim's vehicle had a cracked windshield, dents and scratches amounting to $500 to $1,000 damage.
Marcus Best, 19, of Fruit Avenue, Farrell, placed on one year's probation for disorderly conduct.
Helen Brutt, 42, of Parkview Boulevard, Hermitage, sentenced to one to 12 months in jail for escape. She failed to return after a furlough Oct. 6, 2006, to Mercer County Jail, where she was serving a sentence after a probation revocation.