Two Luzerne County men pleaded guilty Friday morning on a lone felony charge of criminal trespass after authorities initially alleged they burglarized a Mehoopany Township home in December.
According to court records, Kevin Isbel Jr., 35, of Hunlock Creek, and Charles Dale Atkinson Jr., 39, of Luzerne, were rounded up by police on Dec. 23 after a neighbor observed three males running from a Sheehan Road house and called authorities.
The neighbor initially confronted the persons in the house, and yelled at them that he was going to call 911.
Another neighbor said he got a knock on the door from a stranger to the area who claimed to be broken down and was covered in mud, so he also called authorities.
Local police then responded to the area around Sugar Hollow Road and took Atkinson and Isbel into custody.
The two men each initially faced separate felony charges of criminal trespass and burglary but under a plea arrangement with District Attorney Jeff Mitchell, will not be prosecuted on the burglary charge at the time of sentencing.
According to Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff, they could each face up to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines. They will be sentenced at a later date.
A third individual involved in the Dec. 23 incident, according to court records, Joseph Anthony Dickson, 47, of Trucksville, also was on the Wyoming County court docket to enter a similar criminal trespass plea Friday, but did not appear in court.
DA Mitchell asked the judge for a continuance to May 10, which the judge granted noting that Dickson was already on the court calendar for a jury trial in the matter on July 15.
Persons entering guilty pleas before Judge Shurtleff on Friday morning included:
*William Louis Adams Jr., 32, of Troy, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on July 17, 2018.
*Christopher James Banos, 26, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on Oct. 9, 2017; and to DUI of a controlled substance on Nov. 4, 2017.
*Kevin Richard Belcher Jr., 25, of Troy, pleaded guilty to flight to avoid apprehension on May 22, 2018.
*Carissa Noel Dickinson, 25, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person on June 26, 2018; and to resisting arrest on June 26, 2018; and to theft by unlawful taking on June 21, 2018.
*Norman Orrin Fassett, 58, of Mehoopany, pleaded guilty to firearms not to be carried without a license on April 12, 2018.
*Susan Marie Granahan, 38, of Larksville, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence on July 16, 2014.
*Tonya Louise Harrison, 42, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Oct. 9, 2018.
*Kory Warren Jones, 24, of Clarks Summit, pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person on Sep. 14, 2018.
*Michael Phillip Liddick, 37, of Mehoopany, pleaded guilty to simple assault on Aug. 6, 2018.
*James Richard Miller II, 44, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to retail theft on Jan. 23, 2018. He was immediately sentenced to three months probation, a $300 fine and $60 restitution.
*Corin Royale Olshan, 27, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to access device fraud on May 11, 2018.
*Devin Joseph Price, 26, of Taylor, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on March 31, 2018.
*Charles Wilson Robinson, 72, of Springville, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest on May 17, 2018.
*Joseph Michael Rosser, 31, of Kingston, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Feb. 3, 2018.
*Taylour Jenkins Sherman, 22, of Montrose, pleaded guilty to accident involving death or personal property on Oct. 27, 2018.
*Aaron Paul Young, 42, of Swoyersville, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Sep. 12, 2018.