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September 07. 2013 12:55AM
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WILKES-BARRE – A Dunmore man charged with selling suspected heroin to a police informant was sentenced Friday to house arrest – a sentence Luzerne County Judge Michael Vough said was difficult for him to hand down.

“I would give you two to four years in prison,” Vough said after sentencing Sir Anthony Johnson, 31. “I have a hard time giving house arrest to a drug dealer.”

Johnson, who pleaded guilty to two related charges in April, signed a guilty plea agreement in which prosecutors did not oppose a sentence in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program – a period of house arrest and probation.

Because of that agreement with prosecutors, Vough said, he had to hand down the two-to-four-year IPP sentence, with the first two years on house arrest with electronic monitor. “If you come back … you’re going to jail,” Vough said, warning Johnson he would not tolerate a violation of his house arrest.

Johnson sold suspected heroin to a police informant in Avoca in May 2011.

WILKES-BARRE – A man sentenced last month to six to 12 years in state prison on charges he stole more than 500 bronze vases from three area cemeteries says his sentence was excessive.

Robert Krostag, 46, who was sentenced by Luzerne County Judge Michael Vough on several related and unrelated charges, filed court papers Friday asking for a reduced sentence, based on a claim that his sentence was “excessive” and that they should have been run concurrently with each other and not consecutively.

Krostag must pay more than $121,571 in restitution, including $88,704 to the Fern Knoll Cemetery from which many of the bronze vases were taken. He previously pleaded guilty to the charges

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