Sussex County Prosecutor's Office

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May 20
Ernesto Pomales, 43, of Vernon was sentenced to seven years in New Jersey state prison and was given credit for 256 days served in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility.

The court also ordered a 42-month parole ineligibility, 6-months loss of his driver license and fines and penalties.

Pomales admitted that on Sept. 16, 2014, in the town of Vernon, he was in possession of heroin and cocaine for distribution and failed to register as a sex offender having been previously convicted of a sexual offense under the New Jersey Sex Offender Act.

May 22
A 17-year-old juvenile from Sparta was sentenced to a year of probation on the condition he complete 50 hours of community service, 30 days in home detention, submit a DNA sample, undergo random drug testing and pay fines and penalities.

In September, he shoved and grabbed a teacher.

May 23
Justin Hoffer, 26, of Lake Hiawatha was sentenced to three years of probation.

He pleaded guilty on March 29 to burglary, a third-degree crime, criminal mischief, a fourth-degree crime, stalking a fourth-degree crime, and contempt, a fourth-degree crime.

Joshua N. Stasilli, of Netcong, was sentenced to two years of probation, was ordered to submit to a TASC evaluation and follow all recommendations made, pay total fines and penalties of $155 and submit a DNA sample at his own expense.

He pleaded guilty on March 17 to the fourth-degree crime of criminal trespass. In pleading guilty, Stasilli admitted to entering a vacant residence in Stanhope on Dec. 22, 2013, because he was homeless. The matter was investigated by Stanhope Police Officer Robert Popelka.

Alfred Davidson, 32, of Sussex Borough, was sentenced to three years of probation.

He pleaded guilty on April 14 to child abuse, a fourth-degree crime.

Joshua Lindfors, 25, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to one year of probation. He must pay restitution, fines and fees.

He pleaded guilty on April 7 to three counts of conspiracy to commit shoplifting, a third-degree crime.

He admitted to driving to grocery stores in Sussex County, stealing items that were held for sale and selling them to an individual in Paterson.

May 27
William C. Wilson, 28, of Wantage pleaded guilty to the third-degree crime of possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

He admitted to possessing eight bags of heroin in Wantage on April 17. The matter was investigated by New Jersey State Trooper M. Meehan.

Terrence of O'Sullivan, 35, of Wantage pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary and third-degree theft.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

In April the defendant stole more than $11,000 worth of antiques from Applewood Antiques in Lafayette. He then sold them to an antique dealer in Montclair.

James Driesse, 28, of Absecon, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

In December of 2013 the defendant attempted to break into the Country Car Wash in Andover but was unsuccessful.

May 30
Derek Courtright, 22, of Sussex Borough was sentenced to five years in New Jersey state prison, suspended his credit for 600 days served. He will be on parole supervision for life and must register under Megan's Law. He is to have no contact with his victim, submit a DNA sample and pay fines and penalties totaling $905.

He pleaded guilty on Dec. 17, 2013, to third-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

In 2010, the defendant engaged in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old while he was 18 years of age.

Jonathan Byrnes, 26, of Branchville pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled and dangerous substance by fraud, a crime of the third degree and two counts of attempting to obtain a controlled dangerous sbustance by deception, both fourth-degree crimes.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

Byrnes admitted that on Oct. 11, 2013, in the borough of Franklin, he obtained controlled dangerous substance by fraud and also attempted to obtain it by deception.

June 2
Roger Edwards, 26, of Belvidere pleaded guilty to making terroristic threats, a third-degree crime, unlawful possession of a weapon, a fourth-degree crime.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 11.

June 6
Brian Howatson, 49, of Hopatcong ws sentenced to one year of probation.

He pleaded guilty on April 21, 2013, to aggravated assault and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, both third-degree crimes.

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