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Man storms out of Pa. court

returns to jail

February 01, 2001

Man storms out of Pa. court; returns to jail



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man back in Franklin County Court Wednesday on a probation violation stormed out after the judge ordered him to spend time in state prison.

Herman Charles Staten, 32, 1844 Dawn Lane, walked away from Judge John Walker, refusing to listen to his rights. He was escorted out by Franklin County Sheriff's deputies and returned to Franklin County Prison.

Staten had asked Walker to give him one more chance and keep him in the county jail so he could participate in the work-release program. He said he owes $12,000 to the state in back child support payments.

"I'm not a prophet in the Bible. I'm not going to be slapped seven times 70," Walker said.

According to Assistant district Attorney Paul Romano, it was Staten's second probation violation on a 1997 sentence for possession with intent to deliver.

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"I would like to ask you for another chance to complete work release. Everybody deserves a second chance," said Staten.

Walker disagreed, saying Staten had already been given enough favors.

He sentenced him to serve from 18 to 36 months in state prison, but gave him more than 16 months of credit for time already served.

Walker continued to read Staten's rights to appeal even as the man walked out of the courtroom.

Pa. man who damaged woman's car sent to jail



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man will spend time in Franklin County Prison for his role in the destruction of a woman's car in 1999.

Paul M. Guyer, 21, of 1764 Black Gap Road, Fayetteville, was sentenced to from one to 12 months in Franklin County Prison on a charge of criminal mischief.

According to police records, Guyer and Bessie Perry, a Chambersburg resident, took Robin Thomas' car from Rife's Motors in Chambersburg July 7, 1999, and caused extensive damage to the car.

Perry has already been sentenced to the State Correctional Institution.

"My heart went out to the victim whose car was destroyed. She said she's making payments on a car she doesn't have," Walker said.

Mike Toms, Guyer's attorney, said his client only keyed the car and was not the one who destroyed the engine.

"It doesn't matter if he took one cookie or 25. He still had his hand in the cookie jar," Walker said.

He said he will make Guyer eligible for work-release so he can start to make a dent in the $11,000 restitution.

Walker also sentenced Guyer to 36 months probation on a separate corruption charge stemming from a drug-related incident in July 1999.

Guyer is already serving eight years of probation on four other charges.

"You haven't really done any jail time. I want you to spend some time in jail thinking about the poor lady who's making payments on a car she doesn't have," he said, explaining why he went above the sentencing guidelines for criminal mischief. "He's had six charges and wasn't going to spend a lick in jail."

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