POTTSVILLE — A Coaldale woman will not have to spend time in prison after a Schuylkill County judge sentenced her thursday in two drug-related cases resulting from incidents in June 2015 in Tamaqua.
Karen Rimsky, 33, must serve two to 23 months on house arrest with electronic monitoring, Judge James P. Goodman ruled in giving both prosecutors and the defendant something they wanted. He made the sentence effective on Nov. 27.
Prosecutors had asked him to send rimsky to prison for two to 23 months, while Rimsky’s lawyer, Joseph V. Sebelin Jr., Lehighton, had asked that his client be placed on house arrest instead of behind bars.
“We feel that some incarceration is necessary,” Deputy assistant District attorney Jennifer N. Foose said, although she neither supported nor opposed house arrest.
rimsky pleaded guilty on Sept. 13 to delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of a controlled substance in one case and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in the other.
Tamaqua police had charged rimsky in the first case with selling $80 worth of marijuana on June 10, 2015, and with possessing a salable amount of marijuana on June 11, 2015.
“i know what i did was against the law,” Rimsky said.
Goodman also sentenced Rimsky to pay costs, $200 to the Substance abuse education Fund, $226 restitution to the state police crime laboratory in Bethlehem and $80 restitution to the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, and submit a DNA sample to law enforcement authorities.
Also on Thursday, Good- man revoked the probation in one case and parole in another against Mercedes M. Alexander, 20, of Mahanoy City, and sentenced her to serve three to six months in prison. He made the sentence concurrent with the state prison term Judge John e. Domalakes had imposed Monday in a third case.
Goodman revoked Alexander’s probation and parole after the defendant admitted violating them by failing to report to her supervising officer, committing new crimes, failing drug tests, using drugs and not making payments on her costs and fees.
“if you have problems with drugs, hopefully, you can address them” in state prison, Goodman told Alexander, who wore a prison jumpsuit and handcuffs during the hearing.
alexander pleaded guilty on Set. 28, 2016, to theft and simple assault in one case and theft, conspiracy and retail theft in the second one. At that time, Goodman placed her on probation for 12 months and also sentenced her to pay costs, a $50 fine, $100 to the Criminal Justice Enhancement Account and $2.28 restitution.
Minersville police charged alexander with committing the one theft on Dec. 17, 2015, in the borough, while state police at Schuylkill Haven charged her with committing the other on the same date in Norwegian township.
On Monday, Domalakes revoked Alexander’s probation in the third case and sentenced her to serve one to three years in a state correctional institution.
alexander had pleaded guilty in that case on May 3 to retail theft. At that time, Domalakes had placed her on probation for 12 months, and also sentenced her to pay costs and a $50 CJEA payment.
Butler Township police had charged alexander with committing that theft on Oct. 14, 2016, in the township.