A 34-year-old Tunkhannock man was sentenced Thursday to two years in the state Department of Corrections Intermediate Punishment Program for his role in three burglaries in 2015.
James Sean Skaluba appeared before President Judge Russell Shurtleff who issued three sentences, each with the same amount of IP time and said they were to be served concurrently.
Skaluba pleaded guilty in December to his involvement in a crime spree across Wyoming and Susquehanna counties in which he and two others – Timothy Hannigan and Justin Kowalewski – were arrested.
In one case - in which he was originally facing three felonies and three misdemeanors in connection with an incident in Monroe Township on Aug. 8, 2015 - Skaluba was only sentenced on a lone burglary charge while the other charges were ‘nolle prossed’ or not prosecuted at the time of sentencing. Skaluba was given 71 days credit for time served in the county jail. He was also jointly and severally liable with Hannigan and Kowalewski for $3,281 restitution.
In a second case - in which he was originally facing five felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with an incident in Clinton Township on Aug. 12, 2015 - Skaluba was only sentenced on a lone burglary charge while the others were ‘nolle prossed.’ In this case he also faces a $1,000 fine.
In a third case - in which he was originally facing two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with an incident in New Milford, Susquehanna County, on Aug. 7, 2015 - Skaluba was only sentenced on a lone burglary charge while the others were ‘nolle prossed.’ He was also jointly and severally liable with Hannigan and Kowalewski for $1,221.90 restitution in this matter.
Among the businesses plundered during the crime spree included Harding’s Dairy Bar in Tunkhannock Township, Smith’s Country Store in Beaumont, and the New Shoe Store Plus in Eaton Township.
Law enforcement pieced the case together fairly quickly after video surveillance pinpointed a specific vehicle.
Last November, Hannigan was sentenced to 7-15 years in state prison for his role in the crime spree.
Kowalewski has 21 open cases in Wyoming County (including two transferred from Susquehanna County, and two from Lackawanna County) for his alleged involvement in a crime spree from June 7 to Aug. 15, 2015. He is scheduled for a jury trial on March 20.