WILKES-BARRE — A man recently arrested by Kingston police who say he was in possession of 76 heroin packets was sentenced for his role in a violent home invasion in Bear Creek Township and other offenses.
Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas sentenced Nathaniel Vestal, 40, to 6 1/2 to 13 years in state prison on charges of burglary, theft by extortion, illegal possession of a firearm, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
Vestal pleaded guilty to the offenses on Jan. 21.
State police at Wyoming said Vestal was one of three men who used code names when they forced their way inside a residence on Pittston Boulevard and tied up an elderly couple threatening to kill them on April 7, 2012, according to court papers.
Vestal was “Mr. Blue” and armed with a pistol during the incident, state police said.
Two other men, William Gronosky, 31, “Mr. Black,” was sentenced to 33 to 66 years in state prison for his role in the home invasion along with an armed robbery of an adult nightclub in Plymouth Township and a burglary of a trooper’s home in Laflin, and Charles Conden, 47, “Mr. Green,” is facing burglary related offenses in county court.
Plains Township police charged Vestal in July 2012 with possessing a firearm with an altered serial number when he was stopped for driving a Mercedes Benz with an expired inspection sticker.
Exeter police charged Vestal in October 2012 with theft when he forcibly took a television from a couple due to a debt.
Plymouth police charged Vestal with drug offenses when heroin was found inside a residence on West Shawnee Avenue in April 2011.
Kingston police arrested Vestal on March 20 when he was allegedly found with 76 heroin packets during a traffic stop on the North Cross Valley Expressway. He is being held on $1 million bail on the drug trafficking offenses.