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MERCER Man gets prison for felony assault



Published: Fri, November 2, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



A Campbell man was sentenced for possession of marijuana.

BY MARY GRZEBIENIAK

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

MERCER -- Judge Michael Wherry of Mercer County Common Pleas Court sentenced a Farrell man to one to five years in prison for a felony assault conviction resulting from a May 2000 fight at a Sharon bar.

Brad Knauff, 26, formerly of Beechwood Avenue, pleaded guilty in September to aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, for his attack on Mark Canady at the Slovenian Home, 1037 Baldwin Ave., Sharon.

Court documents say Knauff threw a bar glass at Canady and tried to hit him with a bar stool, then hit him in the face with a pool cue.

The judge ordered Knauff to make $600 restitution to Canady for the deductible Canady had to pay for dental work. The victim reported that the lost work and dental bills resulting from the attack amounted to nearly $13,000.

Pleaded guilty: Jose Valentin, 51, of Ninth Street, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs with intent to deliver, a felony, and was placed on five years' probation.

Disposition of the case had been delayed by appeals to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the warrantless search of the car Valentin was in when arrested. The search was ultimately upheld.

Others sentenced Thursday were:

UJames Bortner, Jr., 27, Brian Lane, Hermitage, three years' probation for forgery, a first-degree misdemeanor, for altering a prescription a physician had given him, then trying to illegally obtain 60 OxyContin pills from the Kmart Pharmacy, 2235 E. State St., Hermitage, last November.

UDaryl Callahan, 43, of Hamilton Avenue, Farrell, three to six months in jail and ordered to pay $390 restitution for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a felony, for selling 1.4 grams of cocaine to an undercover agent in October 2000.

UClifford Parker Jr., 27, formerly of Spearman Avenue, Farrell, 12 to 24 months in jail for possession of drugs with intent to deliver, a felony, for possession of 2.3 grams of cocaine May 16 at his home.

UJerad Sternthal, 21, of Spruce Avenue, Apt. B, Sharon, three years' probation and ordered to pay $212 restitution for carrying a gun without a license and recklessly endangering another person, first and second-degree misdemeanors, respectively. He was at 126/128 Hazen Place, Sharon, with two other men when he dropped a handgun and it accidentally discharged. The bullet went through the floor into an occupied downstairs apartment. The apartment's resident was uninjured.

UAaron Beegle, 27, of Billy Boyd Road, Stoneboro, two to five days in Mercer County Jail for possessing instruments of a crime, and five to 10 days for attempted theft by unlawful taking, both first-degree misdemeanors.

Police arrested him last March while trying to take a four-wheel vehicle from Wal-Mart, 3300 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, by cutting a security chain with bolt cutters.




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