A 32-year-old Stevensville man could face as much as 47 years in state prison for a pair of attempted robberies in Wyoming County as well as stealing a vehicle in Susquehanna County before being picked up in Luzerne County over a 48-hour period in April.
Joseph Alan Parkhurst, 32, of Leisure Lakes Road in Stevensville, appeared before Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff Friday morning and pleaded guilty to robbery on April 27; to criminal attempt to commit robbery on April 28; and to theft by unlawful taking on April 29.
He faces a maximum of 20 years and $25,000 in fines for each of the first two incidents, and seven years and a $15,000 fine for the theft.
According to court records, Parkhurst robbed a clerk at knifepoint of $400 at the Bowman’s Creek Service Center in Monroe Township around 9 p.m. on April 27. He fled the scene in a 2001 Buick sedan which crashed into a tree on Crowhill Road.
From there police alleged he stole a white Chevrolet pickup from the Zackary Dymond residence on Levitt Hill Road.
On April 28 around 10 p.m., Parkhurst is alleged to have brandished a knife at a clerk at the Dollar General in Monroe Township.
On the following morning around 10:20, he is alleged to have stolen a Toyota Forerunner at Flynn’s Stone Castle in Rush Township, Susquehanna County.
Just before 5 p.m. that day, he was picked up in the parking lot of the Schiel’s Family Market in Wilkes-Barre after local police tracked a car that had been reported by State Police in Susquehanna County as having been stolen.
Court records note that when arrested, Parkhurst told authorities he had a heroin addiction and acted alone.
Under a plea agreement between Parkhurst, his attorneys Stephen Franko and Robert Sheils, and Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell, other charges that Parkhurst faced including the theft of the pickup on April 28, a theft in Braintrim Township on April 22, and access device fraud in Monroe Township on Dec. 7, 2016, will not be prosecuted at the time of sentencing for the charges to which he entered guilty pleas Friday.
However, Parkhurst will have restitution responsibility for his alleged involvement in all incidents.
Other pleas entered Friday:
*Darrell R. Andras, 40, of Mehoopany, pleaded guilty to recklessly endangering another person on Oct. 29, 2016.
*Evan Alexander Biro, 21,of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI on Feb. 21.
*Brent Michael Calhoun, 25, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to identity theft on Feb. 27.
*William Carter, 30, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to DUI on Nov. 20, 2015.
*Thomas Robert Corker, 20, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on Jan. 27.
*Ray Dean Dennis, 43, of Laceyville, pleaded guilty to DUI on Dec. 30, 2016.
*Scott Ryan Faux, 26, of Mehoopany, pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to possess a controlled substance on Jan. 17.
*Terry Joseph Fleming Jr., 23, of Severn, Md., pleaded guilty to DUI on May 6, 2016.
*William Jeffery Fox, 48, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to DUI on Aug. 13, 2016.
*Beau James Marshall, 26, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on Feb. 7, 2016; and to DUI of a controlled substance, second offense, on Dec. 23, 2016.
*Dillon James McHugh, 22, of Nicholson, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on May 23, 2016.
*Robert Joseph Nast, 22, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to institutional vandalism on Dec. 29, 2016.
*Emily C. Riedinger, 28, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Feb. 19, 2016; and to DUI of a controlled substance on Aug. 3, 2015. She was immediately sentenced to 72 hours-6 months in the county jail and a $500 fine for the DUI and 6 months probation for the other case, with both sentences to be served consecutively.
*Joshua Allen Ross, 22, of Dalton, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on June 11, 2016.
*Kyle N. Santos, 26, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to theft by deception on July 14, 2016.
*Stephen Eric Schwartz, 50, of Noxen, pleaded guilty to DUI, fourth offense, on Nov. 22, 2016.
*Kurt W. Sherman, 41, of Springville, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on Jan. 21.
*Michael Franklin Shiner, 25, of Dalton, pleaded guilty to burglary on Feb. 14.
*William Douglas Washer, 64, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Jan. 16; and to receiving stolen property on Jan. 16.
*Franklin Henry Wiernusz, 21, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI on April 26, 2016; and to theft by unlawful taking on April 18, 2016.
*Dennis Wayne Wisniewski, 35, of Kingsley, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on Aug. 20, 2016.
*Douglas Richard Woodward Jr., 30, of Hunlock Creek, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on Feb. 17.