Man sentenced but rings still missing
BY STACI WILSON
An elderly Ararat Twp. couple returned home from Florida to discover their wedding rings had been taken and their entire home ransacked.
The 22-year-old man responsible for that break-in, Julian Hyland of Bayville, N.J., was sentenced Thursday morning in Susquehanna County Court for the April 10 incident, along with a similar incident that occurred in Preston Twp., Wayne County on the same day.
His attorney told the court that Hyland was under the influence of synthetic marijuana at the time of the incidents and barely remembers either break-in.
Hyland will serve concurrent five and one-half to 23-1/2 month sentences for criminal trespass counts lodged in both cases. As part of the Ararat Twp. case, Doyle also received three years probation, to run consecutive to the jail term.
District Attorney Jason Legg said Wayne County officials had given their permission for Hyland to be sentenced on the Preston Twp. case in Susquehanna County Court.
Hyland was ordered to pay $857.70 in restitution to Emory and Bernice Doyle and $6,436.75 to Erie Insurance Company. Legg said he had no restitution information for the Wayne County case.
Bernice Doyle told the court that she and her husband returned from a trip to find “everything in the house torn apart.”
“Things that were dear to us were missing,” she said – including the couple’s wedding rings. The Doyles have been married for 65 years.
She also said that ammunition and gun powder had been taken from the home. “These things disturb us because we don’t know what could happen,” Bernice said.
A few of the items taken from the home have been returned. But the wedding rings and ammunition have not, Doyle said.
Hyland offered an apology to the Doyles. “What I did was wrong,” he told the court.
Others sentenced Thursday in Susquehanna County Court were:
Lisa Marie Miszler-Ruppert, 23, of Kingsley, to 15 months probation for Theft by Unlawful Taking in Ararat Twp. on March 24.
Scott Alan Groover, 47, of Susquehanna, to 18 months probation for Terroristic Threats on Dec. 25, 2012. in Lanesboro. Mr. Groover also received a $100 fine for Criminal Mischief in Lanesboro on Dec. 25, 2012.
Melissa Bollinger, 29, of Montrose, to 23 months probation for Endangering the Welfare of Children in Montrose on Sept. 16, 2012.
Jeremy Wayne Truckenbrod, 24, of Montrose, to one to 12 months for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Montrose on Oct. 11, 2013. Truckenbrod received one to 18 months for Recklessly Endangering Another Person in Liberty Twp. on March 26, 2012. He also received 90 days to 23-1/2 months served 45 days incarceration and 45 days home for Driving Under the Influence in Montrose on June 3, 2012. Finally, Truckenbrod received one to 12 months for Disorderly Conduct in Montrose on June 3, 2012.
Keith Robert Jenkins, Jr., 37, of Kingsley, to 30 days to six months for Driving Under the Influence in Montrose on Sept. 4, 2011.