COURT Burglar sentenced for string of break-ins
A Michigan man was sentenced to prison as the result of a 'road rage' episode.
MERCER, Pa. -- A Greenville man has been sentenced to 21 to 42 months in prison for several burglaries and related charges.
Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas Dobson sentenced Timothy McKinley, 21, of Good Hope Road, to the terms and ordered him to make restitution for several burglaries including:
UVeado's Mini Market, 181 Hadley Road, Hempfield Township, where he did $400 damage to a door and locks.
UTri County Deck Sports, 3762 N. Hermitage Road, Transfer, where he did $950 damage to pop machines and a surveillance camera.
UGilliland's Service Station, 1162 Walnut St., Stoneboro.
UGuy McKean Meat Packing, 5170 Lake St., Sandy Lake.
UFrank Crash Auto Wrecking, 480 Mercer Road, Hempfield Township.
UJ & amp;J Laundry, 36 Franklin Road, Coolspring Township.
USouth Pymatuning Coin Laundry, 3290 Saranac Drive, South Pymatuning Township.
All the burglaries took place between January and March 2004.
McKinley pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to burglary and two additional counts of burglary, all felonies; and criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking, both misdemeanors.
Several others were also sentenced Friday:
UErnest Phillips, 63, of Berrien Springs, Mich., was sentenced to 18 to 48 months in prison for aggravated assault and criminal mischief, both felonies, and recklessly endangering another person, a misdemeanor, and ordered to make restitution for a "road rage" episode June 29, 2004, on Interstate 80 in Wolf Creek Township. According to court documents, while driving on I-80, Phillips used his vehicle to ram another man's car three times until the victim's car turned sideways and spun out of control along the median berm. The victim's car sustained $4,000 damage. Phillips told police that the victim had angered him by "spiking" his brakes in front of him numerous times.
UJeremy Long, 21, of the Mercer County Jail was placed on three years' probation for simple assault and harassment, both misdemeanors, and criminal mischief, a summary offense. According to court documents, on April 18, 2004, he assaulted a man and woman at a Vance Road address, pushing them to the ground, choking them and punching them. He also threatened to kill them. Long also did $100 damage to the residence.
UMelony Culver, 30, of Washington Street, Greenville, was sentenced to 18 months to five years and ordered to make restitution for unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a felony. On two occasions in February 2004, she sold cocaine to a confidential informant, according to court documents.
UAmanda John, 29, of the Mercer County Jail was sentenced to one to three years in prison followed by two years' probation for theft by unlawful taking, a misdemeanor. She was given 53 days credit for time served. On Sept. 27, 2002, she took a coin and paper money collection worth $500 from a Grove City home, court documents state.
UBrian Poling, 32, of the Mercer County Jail was sentenced to 24 months to two years in prison followed by three years' probation for accidents involving death/personal injury and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, and reckless driving, a summary offense. On June 28, 2004, according to court documents, he was involved in an accident on East Butler Street, Mercer. He was operating a motor vehicle with unsafe tires, was speeding, driving recklessly and following too closely. Although the other driver was injured and his vehicle was damaged so badly it required towing, Poling failed to notify police or stop and provide information and render aid to the victim. Poling was also found in possession of a spoon and copper screening commonly used for ingesting controlled substances.
UMaurice Davis Jr., 20, of Brookfield Avenue, Masury, was sentenced to six to 18 months in jail for carrying firearms without a license, a felony, and possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. On May 30, 2004, he was apprehended in Sharon with six small bags of marijuana and seven rocks crack cocaine. He also had a loaded firearm, according to court documents.
UJustin Gulentz, 20, of Methodist Road, Greenville, was sentenced to 111/2 to 24 months in prison for indecent assault, a misdemeanor. According to court documents, he engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl at a Greenville address June 10, 2004.
UTeresa Kitt, 47, of Florida Avenue, Farrell, was sentenced to 51/2 to 11 months in jail on each of two counts of misdemeanor simple assault, followed by five years' probation for felony retail theft. On May 29, 2004, she took $369 worth of clothing, food and household goods from Wal-Mart, 3300 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage. She then fought with store personnel when they tried to take her into custody, court documents state. The theft charge is a felony because it is the third or subsequent offense.