DUI victim speaks up in court

BY STACI WILSON

SHANNON VANVLECK

A teenage boy severely injured in a December 2011 accident spoke out in court as the driver of the vehicle was sentenced Thursday.

Shannon Lee Vanvleck, 35, of Hallstead, was sentenced to serve 15 months to three years in prison, followed by five years probation, on one count of aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence.

The teen, a passenger in the car involved in the Dimock Twp. crash, told the court about the serious injuries he sustained in the accident and the continuing pain he endures in his leg as a result of his injuries.

Since the accident, the teen said that he has nightmares and has become angry.

“It’s hard to wake up knowing no day is ever going to be good,” he said on the witness stand.

The boy said he felt like his childhood had been ruined. “I can’t do anything my friends can do. I don’t like my life anymore. There’s nothing happy; nothing to look forward to.”

The boy’s mother also took the stand. She said it was a miracle VanVleck and her son even survived the crash.

She described her son as an energetic, fun-loving, respectful child before the accident but noted changes in him since.

“I trust the court to do what is right,” she said. “(Vanvleck) took part of my son’s life. He almost took it completely.”

In addition to the aggravated assault by vehicle count, Vanvleck was also sentenced to serve a concurrent six to 24 months for simple assault in connection with a Nov. 6, 2011 incident in Springville Twp.

Vanvleck also sustained major injuries in the 2011 accident. District Attorney Jason Legg said treatment Vanvleck needed would be better available in state correctional facility.

Others sentenced Friday in Susquehanna County Court were:

Daniel Alicea, 32, of Palm Bay, Fla., to eight months to 2 years minus 1 day for Theft by Unlawful Taking in Great Bend Twp. on Oct. 18, 2011.

Randy Gregory, 23, of Montrose, to three to 12 months, followed by two years probation for Criminal Trespass in Rush Township on June 23, 2012.

Tina Marie Clark, 34, of Susquehanna, to 45 days to 12 months for Criminal Attempt/Retail Theft in Great Bend Township on August 9, 2012. Clark also received 45 days to 12 months in Susquehanna County Correctional Facility to run concurrent to the above sentence, for Receiving Stolen Property in New Milford Borough on July 8, 2012.

Johnathan Nabinger, 23, of Bainbridge, N.Y., to 90 days to 12 months for Driving Under the Influence in Susquehanna Borough on Nov. 27, 2011.

Anthony J. Fino, 42, of South Montrose, to 10 days to 18 months home confinement for Driving Under the Influence in Montrose Borough on Aug. 18, 2012.

Jessica R Lobdell, 23, of Great Bend, to one to 12 months for Theft by Unlawful Taking in Great Bend Twp. on Oct. 10, 2010. Lobdell also received five to 12 months, followed by three years probation for Criminal Conspiracy -Robbery in Great Bend Twp. on May 16, 2012.  She also received five to 12 months, followed by three years probation for Criminal Conspiracy -Robbery in Great Bend Twp. on May 16, 2012.

Randal Lee Simms Jr, 24, of Indiana, to five days to six months for Driving Under the Influence in New Milford Borough on April 25, 2012.

Timothy Joseph Conklin, 26, of Pleasant Mount, to three months to 2 years minus 1 day  for Indecent Exposure in Herrick Twp. on December 16, 2011. Conklin also received 12 months probation to run concurrent to the above sentence, for open lewdness in Forest City Borough on July 2, 2012. Conklin plead no contest to the open lewdness charge.

Keith Allen Smith, 21, of Greenfield, to eight months to 23-½ months for Statutory Sexual Assault in Forest City Borough on March 1, 2011.

Michael Patrick Joyce, 40, of Montrose, to five to 10 years for Aggravated Indecent Assault in Great Bend Twp. on Jan. 23, 2011. Joyce also received five years consecutive probation for Corruption of Minors in Great Bend Twp. on Jan. 23, 2011.

Gregory Scott Grover, 50, of New Milford, to five days to 6 months for Driving Under the Influence in Great Bend Twp. on Sept. 1, 2012.

James L Beardsley Jr, 40, of Montrose, to five days to 6 months for Driving Under the Influence in Montrose Borough on Fe. 19, 2012.