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Pa. man sentenced on assault charges

December 17, 2002|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Willow Hill, Pa., man was sentenced in absentia to serve at least 39 months in state prison on alcohol- and assault-related charges when he failed to show up in court.

Judge John Walker sentenced James Lynn Breon, 35, to a total of 39 months to 12 years in state prison in Franklin County Court Wednesday on five charges stemming from two separate incidents in 2001.

He also issued a bench warrant for Breon, who did not show up for his sentencing hearing.

Breon, of 13200 Creed Road and formerly of St. Thomas, Pa., had previously entered guilty pleas to the charges, according to court records.

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Breon faced charges of aggravated assault by a vehicle while driving under the influence, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

Those charges originated with an Aug. 4, 2001, incident when Breon drove a Chevrolet Spectrum in the wrong lane of Hade Road at night without using headlights, according to court records.

As another vehicle approached, he attempted to swerve into the correct lane at the last moment, but struck a Ford Mustang head-on, court records said.

Both drivers had to be extricated by emergency personnel.

Breon suffered severe injuries that included the removal of a kidney and replacement of a hip. His passenger and the four occupants of the other vehicle suffered injuries ranging from broken bones to internal injuries, court records said.

Police found beer cans in Breon's vehicle and he registered a .24 percent blood-alcohol concentration, according to court records.

Walker sentenced Breon to a term of 24 to 72 months in state prison for aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, and ordered him to pay a $300 fine and have no contact with the victims.

He sentenced Breon to serve three to 24 months in state prison on the DUI charge and pay a $550 fine. That sentence will run concurrently with the first prison term, according to court records.

Walker also imposed a 90-day sentence and a $1,000 fine for the charge of driving with a suspended license. That sentence will begin at the expiration of the prison term for assault with a vehicle.

Breon also faced charges of simple assault and terroristic threats from a Jan. 14, 2001, incident in which he allegedly violated a protection from abuse order by kicking in a woman's door and threatening to kill her with a broken piece of glass, court records said.

The victim called 911 and police took Breon into custody, according to court records.

He continually stated he was going back to finish business and that he was not scared of jail, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Walker sentenced Breon to pay a $200 fine and serve six to 48 months in state prison on the terroristic threats charge at the expiration of his term for driving with a suspended license.

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