Judges in Mercer County Common Pleas Court sentenced several people last week.

Brian Brezak, 40, of Cleveland, Ohio, sentenced to one week to one year in jail for bad checks. He also was ordered to make restitution. Court documents state that on June 30, 2006, he passed a $566 check at Aaron’s, 2420 E. State St., Hermitage, knowing it would not be honored.

Darrick DeLapaz, 19, of Fullerton Place, Sharon, sentenced to one month to two years in jail for theft by unlawful taking or disposition. He stole a DVD/CD player valued at $398 from an automobile on Shenango Park Road, Pymatuning Township, in October of 2006, according to court documents.

Michael Holman, 30, of the Mercer County Jail, sentenced to nine months to two years in jail for possession of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property. Court documents state Holman was apprehended trying to sell tattooing equipment which had been stolen from the Ink Spot Tattoo Shop, North Water Street, Sharon, to another tattoo shop Feb. 25. The equipment was valued at more than $2,000.

Joshua Lee, 19, of South Irvine Avenue, Sharon, sentenced to one week to one year in jail and ordered to make restitution for unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles. Lee operated a Ford sedan without the owner’s permission in Sharon on Feb. 9, 2007, court documents state.

Monya Short, 18, of North Street, Sharon, sentenced to two weeks to two years in jail for misdemeanor retail theft. On Feb. 9, she was apprehended leaving Wal-Mart, 1275 North Hermitage Road, Hermitage, with $486 worth of clothing which had not been paid for.

Shenira Whitaker, 20, of Mesabi Street, Sharon, sentenced to one week to two years for criminal conspiracy-retail theft. She conspired with Monya Short to steal $486 worth of clothing from the Hermitage Wal-Mart.

Dennison Wheeler, 36, of Franklin Road, Jackson Center, sentenced to three and a half weeks to two years in jail then furloughed into house arrest for receiving stolen property. He also was ordered to make restitution. Court documents state that in June or July of 2006, he entered a Leesburg Road, Springfield Township residence and stole three engines and various hand tools valued at $1,075.

Joseph Free, 34, of Kennard Road, Greenville, resentenced to four to 18 months in the Mercer County Jail for misdemeanor simple assault. He was given 67 days’ credit for time served. Free was placed on probation in November 2006 for the offense but violated his probation by using cocaine, according to court documents. Free grabbed and pushed the 14-year-old daughter of an ex-girlfriend in March 2006 when the girl tried to call 911 after Free forced his way into the residence.

Mark Kocis, 25, of Pine Hollow Road, Hermitage, resentenced to two and a half to five years in prison for felony theft by unlawful taking for a September 2004 house burglary and receiving stolen property for forging a $400 check in November 2004. His probation was revoked after he pleaded guilty to new criminal charges, according to court documents.

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