Kraynak sentencing on DUI charge continued until Dec. 2
SUNBURY - Dr. Raymond Kraynak's sentencing on a driving under the influence of alcohol charge has been continued until 9:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, before Northumberland County Judge Charles H. Saylor.
The sentencing, which was scheduled for Monday morning, was continued Friday morning by Saylor at the request of Kraynak's attorney Frederick Fanelli of Pottsville. Assistant District Attorney Michael Toomey, who wasn't aware of the continuance until Monday morning because the courthouse was evacuated and closed Friday afternoon due to a bomb threat, didn't oppose the continuance.
The 56-year-old doctor and member of Mount Carmel Area School Board was convicted by Saylor of the misdemeanor DUI charge Aug. 30 at the conclusion of a one-day trial.
The defendant, who lived in Kulpmont at the time of his arrest but now resides at 28 E. Fifth St., Mount Carmel, was charged by Coal Township Patrolman Matthew Henrich in connection with a sobriety checkpoint May 26, 2012, on Route 61 near the former Sam Bressi Motors. He refused to submit to a blood test.
Kraynak, who is a first-time offender, previously said he plans to appeal the conviction on the misdemeanor DUI charge. He is facing a minimum of three days and maximum of six months imprisonment and the loss of his driver's license for one year.
During a two-hour civil hearing Sept. 17, Northumberland County Judge William H. Wiest dismissed an appeal filed by Kraynak involving an automatic 12-month suspension of his driver's license by PennDOT for his refusal to submit to a blood-alcohol test.