MERCER COUNTY | Sentences Judges in Mercer County Common Pleas Court recently sentenced these people:


Christopher Berger, 23, of Orchard Street, Sharon, 14 to 28 years in prison for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. In November or December 2006, Berger performed oral sex on a 7-year-old boy in Sharon. After he gets out of prison, he will have to notify state police of his address for the rest of his life. If he does not, he can be charged with a felony offense and sentenced to lifetime probation or maximum lifetime imprisonment.

Thomas McMahon, 42, of Chestnut Street, Jamestown, 23 months in jail for making terroristic threats. He entered a Jamestown residence armed with a shotgun Dec. 28, 2006. Once inside, he pointed a shotgun at a man inside and struck him with the weapon.

David Peterson II, 27, of Kirkland Road, Mercer, resentenced to one to seven years in prison for theft by deception and felony retail theft. He was on probation for the two offenses but his probation was revoked when he moved without notifying authorities. He also was convicted of a new criminal offense, theft by unlawful taking, for which he was sentenced to one year’s probation Sept. 8. The retail theft conviction stems from the July 2005 theft of two packs of cigarettes from a Sandy Lake grocery store, which was his third or subsequent conviction for shoplifting. No details were available for the theft-by-deception conviction.

Lora Podralski, 44, of Boyd Drive, Hermitage, placed on two years’ probation for misdemeanor retail theft, her second conviction. She took a $2 container of baby wipes Aug. 20, 2006, from a store in Sharon.

Nicole Springer-Porterfield, 24, of Hazen Place, Sharon, placed on two months’ probation for misdemeanor retail theft, her second conviction. She stole $5 worth of women’s underwear Dec. 1, 2006, from a Sharon store.

James Stearns, 30, of Folk Road, Fredonia, two to 23 months in jail followed by two years’ probation for felony theft by deception. From March to August 2006, he issued 44 altered checks totaling $3,526 on a closed account and using false identification passed them at four retail shops in Hermitage and Farrell.

Melanie Zoccole, 45, of Erie, resentenced to two to four years in prison followed by four years’ probation for three misdemeanor retail theft convictions. She had been placed on probation in 2006 for stealing $460 worth of cologne, shoes and clothing in April 2006 from a store in Hermitage, $572 worth of brand-name clothing in December 2005 from another store in Hermitage and $47 worth of boxer briefs and shorts from a third store in December 2004. Her probation was revoked because she violated its terms.

Nicolas Bailey, 21, of Jefferson Street, Greenville, six to 18 months in the Mercer County Jail, with house arrest permitted, for statutory sexual assault. Bailey engaged in sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl at a Greenville residence Aug. 13, 2005.

Paula Brown, 45, of South Second Street, Greenville, three to 18 months in the Mercer County Jail and ordered to make restitution for possession with intent to deliver. On Oct. 2, 2006, she delivered cocaine to another person at her residence, which is within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

William Burt, 54, of Victory Drive, Sharpsville, six to 24 months in state prison and ordered to make restitution for retail theft. Burt took 20 cases of soda pop valued at $120 from Sheetz, 2381 S. Hermitage Road, Hermitage on July 29, 2006. The offense is a felony because it is his third or subsequent conviction.

David Cushing, 52, of Autumn Grove Care Center, Harrisville, two years’ probation for misdemeanor indecent assault. He was ordered to have no contact with anyone under age 18. On five occasions in October and November 2006, he touched the buttocks of a 9-year-old girl at a Grove City residence.

Shawn Law, 38, address given as Grove City, two years’ probation and ordered to make restitution for access device fraud. From November 2006 to January 2007, Law used the number on a checking account not belonging to him to pay for $827 worth of services over the Internet.

Shawn Nice, 22, of Brown Street, New Castle, 18 months to four years in state prison and ordered to make restitution for robbery. On Aug. 3, 2006, he entered Pat’s Camera Collage, 96 Creek Road, Volant, wearing a ski mask and brandishing a knife. Court documents state he demanded money from the owner and got $40 before fleeing when customers entered the business.

Kimberly Davis, 40, of Maple Drive, Greenville, 57 days to 23 months in the Mercer County Jail for criminal attempt to commit retail theft. She was given credit for 57 days already served. Court documents state that she stole $216 worth of merchandise July 11, 2006, from Kmart, 2235 E. State St., Hermitage.

Raymond Sharbutt, 20, of Second Avenue, Sharon, 261 days to 23 months in the Mercer County Jail for theft by unlawful taking. He was given credit for 261 days already served. Court documents state that on Jan. 7, 2007, Sharbutt punched a man in the face several times at Sharbutt’s apartment and took $32 out of the victim’s pocket.

Terry Barnes, 35, of McConnell Street, Grove City, was placed on five years probation and ordered to make restitution for misdemeanor forgery. Court documents state that he forged another man’s signature on a stolen check drawn on a closed bank account. The check was written for $18 at Tobey’s Pizza, 3308 N. Main Street, Sandy Lake.

Israel Chapman, 23, of Lee Avenue, Farrell, was sentenced to one to two years in state prison and declared eligible for boot camp for felony possession with intent to deliver. On Jan. 6, 2007, Chapman was apprehended in a Farrell alley in his possession of cocaine and marijuana in plastic sandwich bags, court documents state.

Robert Fischer, 19, of Sherman Avenue, Sharon, was sentenced to five days in Mercer County Jail and ordered to make $4,237 restitution for misdemeanor criminal mischief and placed on 18 months probation for firearms not to be carried without a license, also a misdemeanor. On Dec. 16 and 17, 2006, court documents state, he used a slingshot and a pellet gun to shoot the windows out of approximately 30 vehicles and a retail establishment in Sharpsville, Hermitage and Sharon. When apprehended Dec. 17, he had a loaded revolver in a carrying case under his front passenger seat.

Christopher Gordon, 51, of Jackson Center-Polk Road, Stoneboro, was sentenced to one to two years in state prison and ordered to make restitution for drug testing costs for felony possession with intent to deliver. He was apprehended Oct. 10, 2006 at Pap’s Bar, 922 Jackson Center-Polk Road, with 21⁄2 pounds of marijuana, court documents state.

Michael Guy, 24, of Fairview School Road, Ellwood City, was placed on two years probation for felony retail theft. Court documents state he stole a $598 LCD High Definition television from Wal-Mart, 1275 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, on Jan. 17, 2007. The offense is a felony because it is his third or subsequent.

Sequioa King, 20, of Wallis Avenue, Farrell, was rensentenced to four and a half to 18 months in the Mercer County Jail for misdemeanor simple assault. She was given 98 days credit for time served. Court documents state that King was placed on probation in 2003 for cutting another womanís finger with scissors so badly that she required eight stitches. She violated her probation terms by absconding supervision.

David McCullon, 23, of Flower Street, Grove City, was placed on 80 days house arrest on a resentence for criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking, both misdemeanors. According to court documents, in 2005 he was placed on probation and ordered to perform community service for defacing road signs in Findley Township. His probation was revoked due to new criminal charges against him.

Stanley Brown, 23, of Orange Drive, Hermitage, 60 to 120 days in jail for prohibited offensive weapons, a misdemeanor. Court documents state that when Brown was stopped on North Water Avenue and Orangeville Road, Hermitage Nov. 11, 2006, for a traffic violation, he had a .380 caliber pistol with him and was wearing body armor.

Paul Hill, 41, of Idaho Street, Sharon, two years’ probation and ordered to make restitution for three counts of misdemeanor retail theft. Court documents state that on March 16, 20006 he stole four packages of lobster tails worth $74 from Wal-Mart, 1275 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage. Then on Jan. 15, 2007, he stole ten packages of steak worth $161 from Donofrio Food Center, 1749 North Hermitage Road, Hermitage. And on Feb. 13, 2007, he stole $173 worth of meat from Shop ‘n’ Save, 2199 E. State St., Hermitage.

Michael Kilroy, 34, of Pierce Avenue, Sharpsville, three years’ probation and ordered to make $7,000 restitution for theft by unlawful taking, a misdemeanor. According to court documents, Kilroy was employed as a warehouse manager at Robertson Heating Supply Co., 385 S. Oakland Ave., Sharon, and between December, 2004 and April, 2005 sold inventory items to customers, then kept the money. The company reported more than $22,000 in furnaces, hot water tanks and air conditions were missing.

Shawn Roberts, 40, formerly of Alderman Avenue, Sharon, 18 to 42 months in prison for possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine. Court documents state that on June 13, 2006, he was apprehended at a State Street, Sharon address with 27 pieces of crack cocaine.

Jordan Ruddy, 20, of Woodland Avenue, Grove City, two years’ probation and ordered to make restitution for misdemeanor access device fraud. He used another person’s credit card without approval at an ATM machine at a Grove City bank to withdraw $42, court documents state.

Mike Eibach, 55, of Plum Street, Greenville, three to 23 months in jail with work release for possession with intent to deliver cocaine. He was apprehended Oct. 2, 2006 at his residence with cocaine, court documents state.

Source: Court records

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