Friday sentencing at the courthouse

A Brokenstraw Township man busted via footprints in the snow received “one last opportunity” at sentencing.

Jeffrey A. Graham, 2 Corral Drive, was sentenced Friday morning on burglary charges by President Judge Maureen Skerda.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, police responded to a Corral Drive residence at 10:47 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. The homeowner reported finding an unknown man inside his home when he arrived. The homeowner later picked Graham out of a photo lineup, according to police.

He reported a space heater and several tools, including sockets, a hatchet, two drills, wrenches, and pliers missing.

Police followed footprints to another Corral Drive address and spoke to another man.

They then spoke with another woman who said her Homestead Drive residence had been broken into and ransacked. She reported change and a wooden carving missing.

Police said a single set of footprints connected all of the residences and“returned to 2 Corral Drive.”

At a second docket, he entered a guilty plea to charges including criminal trespass – enter structure and criminal mischief.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, police returned to the area, responding to a report of a male with a goatee having broken into an Edgewood Drive residence through a side window.

Police heard breaking glass when they arrived. “The individual exited through the window,” the trooper wrote in the affidavit.

Police identified themselves, according to the affidavit, and the suspect fled “through the trailer park.”

“Following a brief foot pursuit, I lost sight of the individual,” police wrote. So, troopers followed “his tracks in the fresh snow” which led to his apprehension.

Graham’s attorney, Alan Conn, told the court that his client is “very sorry about what he did” and has a zero prior record score.

District Attorney Rob Greene said that Gram is “not (a) typical defendant,” citing his prior record score and work history.

However, Greene said that Graham has “not behaved himself well” in the county jail, citing misconducts that include starting a a fight, a unit rule violation and cheeking medication.

Graham “doesn’t seem to be doing well at the jail,” Greene said, in asking for a state prison sentence.

Skerda asked Graham why he took the items.

“I don’t know,” Graham responded.

“(You) don’t have any explanation,” Skerda said, indicating that she entertained a state sentence.

“The court is giving you one last opportunity,” she said.

Graham was then sentenced to 10 months to 23.5 months in county prison, two years probation, $963.45 in restitution, $2,550 in fines and fees, to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and comply with all recommendations, submission of a DNA sample, a no contact/no trespass order, 50 hours of community service, work release and early reentry eligibility and participation in the COG program on a count of burglary – not adapted ofr overnight accommodation, no person present. He was given credit for 207 days time served.

A count of theft by unlawful taking merged for sentencing and he was fined $300 and ordered to complete 30 hours of community service on a count of loitering and prowling at night time.

At a second docket, he was sentenced to a five-year intermediate punishment sentence including 90 days house arrest with GPS monitoring and a drug patch and the duration on probation, $2,050 in fines and fees, submission of a DNA sample, 50 hours of community service and compliance with drug and alcohol treatment recommendations on a count of criminal trespass – enter structure. He was fined $150 on a count of criminal mischief.

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