Coal Township man gets probation, 90 days in 2012 'Sands' assault
SUNBURY - A 32-year-old Coal Township man charged in connection with a 2012 assault of another Coal Township resident in Zerbe Township pleaded guilty to simple assault and was sentenced Monday morning to 12 months probation and ordered to pay a $300 fine plus costs.
Northumberland County President Judge Robert B. Sacavage imposed the sentence on Richard Lee Lahr III, of 1044 W. Spruce St., Coal Township. Lahr also was given a 90-day jail sentence, but since he was given credit for 150 days previously served in prison, incarceration was not imposed. Lahr was released from Northumberland County Prison Dec. 31, 2012, according to prison records.
The defendant and 34-year-old Ronald C. Bowman, of Coal Township, were charged by Zerbe Township Chief of Police Robert John with two felony counts of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor of simple assault. The two felonies were not prosecuted against Lahr under a plea agreement.
Both men are accused of assaulting Brian Kitchen, 47, May 26, 2012, in a mountainous area known as the "Sands." Kitchen suffered two broken eye orbits, a broken nose and two broken ribs that required him to be treated at a local hospital, police said.
Attorney Vincent V. Rovito Jr. of Shamokin served as Lahr's attorney. Assistant district attorney Michael Toomey prosecuted the case.