Car theft nets state sentence
BY STACI WILSON
A 33-year-old Montrose area man with 10 prior convictions, four parole violations and five revoked probations was sentenced Thursday in Susquehanna County Court in four separate cases.
President Judge Kenneth Seamans told Louis Yachymiak, “It’s time for you to change your ways.”
Yachymiak, currently serving an 11-48 month sentence on a probation violation, was sentenced to serve 16 to 48 months in state prison for the Jan. 7 theft of an automobile in Montrose.
The sentences handed down Thursday will run concurrent with the probation violation prison term.
District Attorney Jason Legg agreed to the concurrent sentences but asked the court to consider an extensive period of incarceration for Yachymiak.
Legg pointed out the numerous times the defendant had been before the judge.
“He’s never demonstrated the ability to comply with any terms of conduct issued by the court,” Legg said. “He was on probation when this occurred.”
Legg said, “He has plenty of time to turn his life around. As of this date, he hasn’t done well.”
According to court documents, Yachymiak and his girlfriend, Jennifer Thatcher, 32, began residing with another man at an apartment on Public Ave., Montrose, in early January.
A former tenant of the apartment was living out of the county temporarily but left his vehicle in the parking area. According to the affidavit, Yachymiak smashed the ignition and used pliers to start the vehicle; then the couple began driving the vehicle without the owner’s knowledge and permission, according to court documents.
In an interview with police, Yachymiak admitted he was driving the vehicle and crashed it Jan. 27 on Old Schoolhouse Rd., Clifford Twp. He told police smoke began coming out of the vehicle and he fled the scene.
Investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Unit determined the fire had been set after the crash and ruled it as arson.
In a plea agreement, prosecutors withdrew the arson charge originally leveled in the case against Yachymiak.
Yachymiak was also sentenced to serve 11 months to two years minus one day for receiving stolen property; four months to two years minus one day for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; and four months to two years minus one day for flight to avoid apprehension or prosecution.
Yachymiak was also ordered to pay restitution, including $3,975 to the vehicle’s owner.
Thatcher also faces charges related to the case with counts of theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy lodged against her. She is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 30.