Man sentenced to probation after altercation leads to charges

A Bellefonte man was sentenced to probation Thursday after entering a guilty plea to misdemeanor and summary charges.

John M. Albright, 27, was charged in July after attempting to confront a West Linn Street resident by kicking the individual’s back door and shouting for him to come out. He was later charged with felony attempts at criminal trespassing and burglary.

At sentencing, Albright’s attorney, Casey McClain, stated that the second individual in the case had been posting incendiary things about his client on Facebook, prompting Albright to try and confront him. He also claimed the case was “vastly overcharged,” leading to the dismissal of the felony charges.

According to McClain, the second individual continues to post about his client on social media, and sought the help of the county District Attorney’s Office to reach out and request that he stop.

Albright was sentenced by President Judge Pamela Ruest to one year probation on a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct and summary charges of criminal mischief and harassment. He will have to pay the costs of court, restitution in the amount of $26.50 and $50 in fines.

In other sentencings:

▪ Victor A. Santiago-Soto, 27, was charged in February with fighting with another individual outside Bill Pickle’s Taproom along South Allen Street in State College. While officers broke up the fight, Santiago-Soto allegedly kicked an EMT who was caring for the injured.

He was sentenced by President Judge Pamela Ruest to 48 hours-to-12-months in the Centre County Correctional Facility with two years probation to run concurrent with the jail sentence. He must also pay the costs of prosecution, $125 in fines and will serve 50 hours of community service.

▪ Bobby J. Zink, 29, was charged in February and March after representing himself as a business owner while opening a business account with multiple cellphones in College Township. He also later paid for two celphones with a fraudulent check in Patton Township.

He pleaded guilty Thursday to felony counts of deceitful business practices and theft by deception, and a misdemeanor charge of theft by deception.

He was sentenced by President Judge Pamela Ruest to a total of five years probation and must pay the costs of prosecution, $20 in fines and a total of $6,193 in restitution to the Wireless Made Simple and AT&T stores involved in the thefts.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews