WILKES-BARRE — A city man charged with concealing a gun after breaking into a Sherman Hills apartment and hiding in the bathtub was sentenced Tuesday to two to four years in state prison.
Melvin Hall, 37, with a last known address of Dana Street, was sentenced by Judge Michael Vough on a firearms charge he pleaded guilty to in January.
Hall also is awaiting preliminary hearings on allegations he sexually assaulted a teenager and, separately, on charges stemming from an alleged driving-under-the-influence incident.
According to court papers, on May 31 police responded to the Sherman Hills Apartment Complex in Wilkes-Barre for a report of a break-in. When police arrived, they observed a door to an apartment open and two people inside, hiding in the bathtub.
Police said that while handcuffing Hall, they found a loaded .9mm pistol in his waistband. Police conducted a background check on Hall and discovered he is a convicted felon not permitted to possess a gun.
On Feb. 22, an apartment Hall lived in on Park Avenue was destroyed by a fire that police said was intentionally set. Hall told The Times Leader his family lost everything, and a PNC Bank fund was set up for donations.
On Jan. 3, Hall was charged with several driving offenses and DUI after an incident in Ashley. He is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on April 2 before District Judge Joseph Halesay.
Early this month, Hall was charged with six counts relating to the alleged sexual assault of a teen girl. In that case, police said Hall sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl inside his residence on Dana Street.
Hall is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 2 before District Judge Rick Cronauer.