WILKES-BARRE – Minutes after Theresa Daniels and David Rausch were ordered by a Luzerne County judge to stay away from one another, they sat together and chatted outside the judge's courtroom on Friday.
Daniels, 24, of Hanover Village, Hanover Township, and Rausch, 18, of West Main Street, Nanticoke, were sentenced for their roles in a deadly home invasion in Hunlock Township on Feb. 8, 2011.
State police at Wyoming said Daniels and Rausch took part in the burglary with Robert Muntz, 44.
A masked Muntz, armed with a stolen .22-caliber handgun, stormed into a trailer on Old Tavern Road and confronted a sleeping Jeff Laton about money owed to him. During a scuffle in a bedroom, Laton's girlfriend, Amanda Bowman, fired two shots, striking Muntz once in the head, instantly killing him.
Bowman was cleared of the deadly shooting as former District Attorney Jacqueline Musto Carroll called it justifiable homicide.
State police said the trailer was used to manufacture methamphetamines.
Daniels and Rausch each pleaded guilty to burglary and reckless endangerment charges.
Judge Fred Pierantoni III sentenced Daniels to 103 days time served at the county prison plus 18 months probation and 25 hours community service. She was represented by attorney Allyson Kacmarski.
Rausch was sentenced to 24 months in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program, a special probationary curriculum, with the first 10 months on house arrest with electronic monitoring.
Before Rausch's sentence was imposed, his lawyer, Joseph Sklarosky Sr., told Pierantoni that his client comes from a loving family, the members of which are still figuring out why their son was with Muntz.
"I doubt you'll see (Rausch) standing in front of you again," Sklarosky said to Pierantoni.
Pierantoni separately told Daniels and Rausch not to have any contact with one another or with the people charged in the manufacturing of methamphetamine in the trailer.
While Daniels and Rausch arrived at the courthouse together, Pierantoni told Daniels to call a taxi to leave.
Immediately after the proceeding ended for Daniels, who was sentenced after Rausch, the two sat next to each other talking outside Pierantoni's courtroom.