A 20-year old Williamsport man was sent to state prison after failing to comply with the terms of his probation.
Defendant Emmanuel Cradle's appeal of the sentence was denied by Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio in an October 10, 2019, order.
"The court tried everything, but nothing worked. Therefore, the court revoked Cradle’s probation and imposed a sentence of state incarceration," Judge Lovecchio wrote.
Cradle wouldn't comply with mental health treatment, fought with sheriffs and probation officers, and instigated a fight while in county prison, court records stated.
He currently is incarcerated at State Correctional Institution Camp Hill.
Cradle first was sentenced to a one year probation sentence on March 12, 2018, after he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.
A week later, on March 19, 2018, in a separate case, Cradle pleaded guilty to theft from a motor vehicle, a second degree misdemeanor. He was sentenced to two to four days' incarceration followed by one year probation consecutive to the other case.
A few days later, on March 25, 2018, Cradle violated his probation, court records stated. He committed a retail theft, to which he pleaded guilty on June 1, 2018. The court revoked his probation and re-sentenced him to 30 to 67 days' incarceration.
On June 25, 2018, Cradle violated the terms of his probation again, by leaving his approved residence without obtaining another approved address. He was detained in that matter.
Instead of revoking his probation a second time, the court required Cradle to submit an approved address and to comply with mental health treatment. He was released from county jail on July 17, 2018.
On July 23, 2018, a bench warrant was issued because Cradle had "absconded from supervision," Judge Lovecchio wrote.
When probation officers and sheriffs arrested Cradle on the bench warrant, Cradle "fought and struggled" with them, Judge Lovecchio said. As a result, he received additional charges of resisting arrest and harassment, to which he pleaded guilty on January 25, 2019.
He was sentenced to an aggregate term of seven to 18 months' incarceration, and his probation was revoked and he was re-sentenced to one year of consecutive probation on each of the three previous docket numbers.
On April 11, 2019, Cradle was released from incarceration yet again. This time, he violated probation by failing to appear for mental health counseling and by admitting to using drugs, Judge Lovecchio wrote.
The court revoked his probation again on June 11, 2019, and he was re-sentenced to one to two years' incarceration for the original receiving stolen property charge. He was also re-sentenced to one to two years' consecutive incarceration for theft from a motor vehicle.
" The court warned Cradle that if he failed to comply with his conditions of supervision or if he engaged in criminal conduct, the court might be left with no choice but to warehouse him in a state correctional institution," Judge Marc F. Lovecchio wrote.