Rapist pleads, gets two 10-20 year sentences|
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman rejected the request for a reduction in sentence for Christopher Reams, 32, who pleaded guilty to raping two children at yesterday's session of motions court.
Reams was accused of molesting an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl between March 2010 and March 2011 at a residence in Chest Township.
Reams pleaded guilty to the charges against him and was sentenced two 10-20 year consecutive prison sentences to a total of 20-40 years by Ammerman.
Reams' attorney Douglas Campbell said although the sentences are mandatory he asked Ammerman to make the sentences concurrent, which would mean Reams would serve 10-20 years in prison.
Clearfield County Assistant District Attorney Beau Grove opposed the motion saying the sentence was appropriate and noted that Reams could have been sentenced to serve a minimum 40 years in prison.
Campbell also said Reams and his family plan to file an appeal to have his guilty plea withdrawn.
According to Campbell, Reams has a low intelligence and is unable to read or write, and said he pleaded guilty because he is overly agreeable to what people ask him to do and would agree to something whether it is true or not if he believes that's what people want him to do.
In other cases:
• Ammerman rejected the motion by Eric Britton for a new attorney. Britton, 29, of Falls Creek is accused of being one of three men who participated in a home invasion in Sandy Township on June 17. Britton, along with Jeffrey Sprague, 28 of Verona and Austin Ehart, 20, of Palmyra, Va., are accused of forcing their way through the front door of the home of a 72-year-old man and 72-year-old woman, threatening them, locking them in a bedroom, and rummaging through their home before removing $1,000 in currency from the home.
Britton said he wants a new attorney because he isn't satisfied with his court appointed attorney Carl Zwick. Zwick said if Britton has lost confidence in him, he is willing to step aside.
However, Ammerman said he found no merit in his complaints against Zwick and said the court cannot continually appoint new attorneys for defendants on a whim.
• Ammerman set Richard Demko's bail at $150,000 straight. Demko was arrested in a drug raid at the Knights Inn on July 9 and had been out on $50,000 bail but it was revoked after he was found to be in violation of his bail and Ammerman reset it at $150,000 straight.
• Ammerman rejected the motion to dismiss by Henry Cutler, 22, of Clearfield. Cutler is charged for failure to register with state police under the requirements of Megan's Law after he moved to Penfield without informing police.
Cutler argued his constitutional rights were violated when he didn't get to attend his formal arraignment.
Cutler is currently incarcerated in lieu of $50,000 straight bail.
• During sentencing court yesterday morning Ammerman sentenced Roger McGonigal II to four months to one year in prison plus two years probation.
McGonigal pleaded guilty to burglary, criminal trespass and theft by unlawful taking. McGonigal broke into a neighbor's home on Gillingham Road, Girard Township, on May 23 and removed some prescription medication.
• Ammerman sentenced Jennifer Kristofits, 22, of Decatur Township to 90 days to one year in jail. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy-manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; delivery of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility; false reports; and theft by unlawful taking.
She and William Lunsford 27, of Philadelphia were caught selling marijuana to undercover agents on five occasions between February and April.
Her attorney, Gary Knaresboro, noted that Kristofits was cooperative with police and was instrumental in Lunsford's guilty plea.
Last month Lunsford was sentenced to serve 2-5 years by Ammerman.
• Mackenzie DeCarlo, 19, of Indiana, formerly of DuBois, pleaded guilty to prostitution and was sentenced to probation and a fine of $100 by Ammerman.
DeCarlo was accused of providing sexual favors to a male customer. Her roommate, Daniell Tymensky, 25, of DuBois had set up some of the meetings.
The two were arrested on East Long Avenue and Rose Alley last May after they got into an argument over the money.