Man, 21, blames heroin in thefts
SUNBURY - Just prior to being sentenced to 9 to 23 months in county prison for theft-related offenses, 21-year-old Marquese T. Seger, of Coal Township, apologized Monday for his actions and claimed his addiction to heroin has ruined his life.
Seger, who had his legs shackled during the legal proceeding, received the jail sentence and three years of consecutive probation from Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor on a felony offense of access device fraud. He also pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of theft from a motor vehicle and a misdemeanor of retail theft and received 12 months of probation for each offense that will run concurrent to the sentence imposed for the felony.
In addition to being fined $175, Seger must make restitution of $574.48 to Job Seger Jr., $1,029.43 to Tammy Wasarhelyi, $1.60 to Game Stop, $156 to Heather Yagadzinskie, $175.99 to Scott Paul, $297.52 to Walmart, $220 to Robert Schleig and $330 to Coleen Auman.
He also must pay costs of prosecution and various fees, undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation, have no contact with known drug users or dealers and is prohibited from bars and using alcohol.
Saylor made Seger eligible for the prison work release program so he'll have the opportunity to earn money to pay the extensive restitution in the case.
All other charges filed by Shamokin and Coal Township police were not prosecuted.
Northumberland County Public Defender Melissa Norton said her client wanted to enroll in the county's drug treatment court, but was ineligible because he didn't have a prior criminal record. Norton requested Saylor to impose a concurrent sentence in the case, meaning the probation periods received for the misdemeanor offenses would merge with the sentence for the felony charge.
The defendant was recommitted to the county jail following sentencing.
Seger was accused of rifling through 15 vehicles in various parts of the city and township in December and January and stealing numerous items, including a watch, an iPod, money, lottery tickets, birthday cards, gift cards and a purse.
Seger also was charged by Coal Township police with allegedly stealing $297.52 worth of merchandise from Walmart between Dec. 30 and Jan. 3.