Sentences handed down in county court
By JACOB PERRYMAN
Five defendants were sentenced before Judge Maureen Skerda during Warren County Sentence Court proceedings Friday.
A Sheffield man was sentenced on charges related to a hit-and-run accident in Clarendon which resulted in severe injuries to a minor.
Richard A. Eck Jr., 12 First Mill St., Sheffield, was sentenced to serve between 15 months and five years incarceration in a state correctional facility on a charge of accidents involving death or personal injury while not licensed properly. Eck was also sentenced on a charge of driving while under suspension.
Eck entered a plea of guilty to the charges in Dec. in relation to an accident in which he struck a minor causing brain trauma and then left the scene of the accident.
“The court finds the conduct reckless,” Skerda told Eck. “In terms of the accident, the child lived, but has a traumatic brain injury that child lives with every day.”
Additionally, Eck was sentenced to have no contact with his victim, submit a DNA sample, undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, attend the alcohol highway safety school and pay a total of $2,761 in fines, costs and restitution.
Skerda told Eck, “You have exhibited a flagrant disregard for human life,” while handing down the sentence.
Additional charges, including those related to immediately notifying police of an accident, stopping to render aid and giving false reports to law enforcement authorities were not prosecuted.
Other sentences included:
Timothy Scott Antill, 18737 Petroleum Center Rd., Titusville, to three years of probation, 60 hours of community service, to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, to continue current mental health treatment and to pay $8,862 in fines, costs and restitution for a count of theft by unlawful taking.
Jason D. Black, 36331 Rt. 6, Spring Creek, to five years supervision; the first 30 days to be served incarcerated in the Warren County Jail, the following 60 days to be served on house arrest and the remainder to be served under probation supervision; to serve an 18 month suspension of driving privileges; to 30 hours of community service; to follow treatment recommendations from a previous drug and alcohol evaluation; to attend the alcohol highway safety school and victim impact panel programs and to pay a total of $3,026.55 in fines, costs and restitution for counts of DUI: Highest rate of alcohol (BAC .16+), notice of change of name/address, driving on right side of roadway, driving on roadways laned for traffic, driving vehicle at safe speed and careless driving.
Brandon Michael Hostovich, 35 Elmwood Dr., to the treatment court program; to five years of supervision; the first 90 days to be served in the Warren County Jail with credit for 73 days times served, the following 90 days to be served in an in-patient drug and alcohol treatment facility, the following six months to be served in a transitional facility and the remainder to be served under probation supervision; to an 18-month suspension of driving privileges; to attend 5 narcotics or alcoholics anonymous meeting per-week and to pay $3,550 in cost and fines on counts of DUI: Combined alcohol and drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.
For a separate incident Hostovich was sentenced to two years of probation served consecutively to his other sentence, to complete community service through the treatment court program, to have no contact with his victim and to pay $1,430 in fines costs and restitution for counts of unauthorized us of automobile/other vehicles and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
David E. Miller, 516 High St., Johnsonburg, to between 13 months and two years and six months incarceration, consecutive to a sentence currently being served, with credit for 116 days time served, in a state correctional facility if the facility will accept him due to the low grading of the offenses on which he was sentenced; to attend the alcohol highway safety school; to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation; to serve a six month suspension of operating privileges followed by an additional one year suspension and to pay $1,985 in total fines, costs and restitution for counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, no passing zones, turning movements and required signals, careless driving, possession of a controlled substance and DUI: Controlled substance – schedule I.
One additional defendant was sentenced by Judge Gregory Hammond during proceedings:
Bradley Emerson Huling, 34 Couvers Crossing Rd., Pittsfield, to between two months and one year less one day incarceration in the Warren County Jail to be served concurrent with a sentence in New York for the same incident with credit for 26 days served, to undergo a mental health evaluation, to perform 54 hours of community service and to have no contact with his victim for a count of criminal attempt – theft by unlawful taking.
In a separate incident, Huling was sentenced to between five months and one year incarceration in the Warren County Jail to run consecutively to his first sentence, to serve an additional one year under probation supervision, to submit a DNA sample, to perform 50 hours of community service and to have no contact with his victim for a count of criminal trespass.
Huling was ordered to pay $6,599 in total fines, costs and restitution with an additional provision to pay for the cost of executing a bench warrant for his previous failure to appear in court, a cost of approximately $500.
Huling faces additional charges of flight to avoid apprehension, default in required appearance and prohibited offensive weapons related to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office’s Jan. 3 attempt to execute the bench warrant.
According to a Sheriff’s Office press release, deputies entered Huling’s residence in Pittsfield and discovered Hulings was hiding on the second floor. After ignoring deputies’ commands to surrender, Huling jumped from the second floor window and fled into a wooded area. Sherriff’s deputies, Youngsville Borough Police and state police initiated a search in the area but failed to apprehend Huling.
According to the release, on Jan. 4, information was received that Huling had returned to his residence. Sheriff’s deputies and the Warren County Probation Department arrested Huling and found him to be in possession of an automatic knife. Huling was arraigned before District Judge Cynthia Lindemuth and incarcerated in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.