Crime

Man sentenced to prison in vehicle theft

A man found guilty in June of stealing a vehicle from an area car dealership was sentenced Tuesday in Clearfield County Court.

Bruce Irwin Hockenberry, 58, of Houtzdale, was sentenced by Judge Paul E. Cherry to 30 months to seven years in state prison for felony counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, and a misdemeanor count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was ordered to pay more than $8,800 in restitution.

The charges stem from an incident April 24, 2015, in Houtzdale when a vehicle was discovered missing from Jacob George Ford Sales.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Hockenberry broke a small garage window at the dealership to gain access and get a key to a vehicle. He then drove away in a black 2015 Ford Escape.

The vehicle was later found by a neighbor, concealed in a wooded area near Hockenberry’s residence. A fingerprint that police say matched Hockenberry was recovered from a CD in the vehicle.

Munson man pleads guilty in assault case

A Munson man accused of pulling a gun and threatening another man pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Ricky Lee Hutton, 59, pleaded guilty to simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and a summary count of harassment as a result of his actions on April 2 near his residence in Morris Township.

Judge Paul E. Cherry sentenced Hutton to 30 days to one year in jail and one year consecutive probation. He was ordered to complete anger management counseling and 50 hours of community service.

As part of his plea agreement, Hutton surrendered four guns that were registered to him. A fifth gun was not found. He claimed it was stolen, although there was no record of this being reported to police. Cherry ordered a search of Hutton’s residence to confirm he does not have access to this firearm.

The victim addressed the court commenting that 30 days in jail is “the going rate for a convicted felon threatening someone.” He said he believes once released, Hutton will go back to threatening and intimidating him and his family. He said Hutton makes obscene gestures at them when they go past his residence.

Cherry assured the victim that if this happens, Hutton will be in violation of his probation and he will be returned to jail.

Hutton’s probation on a previous theft charge was also revoked Tuesday and he was sentenced to 30 days to one year in jail and one year consecutive probation. This sentence will run consecutive to the other sentence.

Inmate pleads guilty to contraband charge

An inmate of the State Correctional Institute in Houtzdale was given additional prison time for possessing a controlled substance.

Joshua Medina, 27, pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of a controlled substance-contraband by a inmate. Judge Paul E. Cherry sentenced Medina to two to four years in state prison. This will run consecutive to his current sentence of eight to 16 years for robbery from 2013.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Feb. 5 Medina was ordered to submit to a search because he had violated institutional rules. When he was searched, the officers found a suboxone strip in a latex glove and additional suboxone strips wrapped in a piece of paper. He admitted to possessing the items and claimed he had them only for personal use.

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