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August 15. 2013 11:38PM
By SHEENA DELAZIO

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WILKES-BARRE – A Luzerne County judge this week denied the request of a Berwick woman convicted of torching a Conyngham building to have her sentence reduced.


Gail Schneider, 44, of Berwick, was convicted of arson in April of setting fire to a Conyngham building complex in September 2010, causing $1.3 million in damage.


She was sentenced in June to 14 to 28 years in state prison. She requested a reduced sentence, a request Judge David Lupas denied.


Schneider has 30 days to appeal Lupas’ ruling.


WILKES-BARRE – A city man charged with selling heroin to a police informant was sentenced this week to two to five years in state prison on two related charges.


Darrin Battle, 26, of North Sherman Street, was sentenced on charges of delivery of heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin by County Judge Joseph Sklarosky, Jr.


Battle received a stiffer sentence because the sale of the drugs occurred within 1,000 feet of Coughlin High School. Battle received more than 200 days credit for time already served. He was convicted of the charges after a jury trial in June.


According to court papers, on July 24, 2012, police said Battle sold suspected heroin to a police informant in Wilkes-Barre.


Assistant District Attorney Jill Matthews Lada prosecuted the case. Battle was represented by attorney Hugh Taylor.


WILKES-BARRE – A Hazleton man charged with robbing a man at gunpoint in one incident and possessing drugs in another pleaded guilty this week to related charges.


Christopher Vega, 20, of Peace Street, pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, firearms not to be carried without a license, possessing a small amount of marijuana and possession of Klonopin, a drug typically used to treat seizures, panic disorder and anxiety.


County Judge Fred Pierantoni said Vega will be sentenced on Oct. 15.


Assistant District Attorney Jim McMonagle prosecuted the case. Vega is represented by Joseph Yeager.


According to court papers, on Oct. 8, 2011, police said Vega robbed a man at gunpoint on the corner of Locust and Third streets in Hazleton.


In the drug case, police said on May 26, 2012, they found Vega in possession of of marijuana and Klonopin on First Street in Hazleton.




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