SUNBURY - A Shamokin man who police claim was the leader of a "Goon Squad" in Shamokin was sentenced Monday to 2 to 4 years in a state correctional institution after pleading guilty to a felony of criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Northumberland County President Judge William H. Wiest imposed sentence on Ryan Forte, 18, of 18 S. Market St., Apt. 1, who remains in the county jail awaiting transfer to a state correctional facility.

Additional felonies of aggravated assault and riot and misdemeanors of simple assault and disorderly conduct were not prosecuted.

Forte was among five teens charged by Shamokin Patrolman William Miner in connection with a Feb. 23 assault of Keith "KC" Long, 18, of Shamokin, in the 400 block of East Independence Street.

Long suffered a broken nose, a cut on his lower lip that required five stitches, four damaged teeth, broken braces and severe facial swelling that required emergency room treatment at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital and follow-up care by an orthodontist.

Forte was represented by public defender Melissa Norton.

Prior to the arrests, police said the Goon Squad had been involved in fights, vandalism and intimidation during the first two months of the year in the city.