Merle Vanbergen Sentenced

On April 4th in the Court of Common Pleas, No. 69-2011, Merle L. Vanbergen received the following sentence:

As to Count 1: Use/Poss. of Drug Parap. (M) Serve a term of not less than 30 days nor more than 12 months incarceration.  Pay fine of $100.00

As to Count 3: DUI: Controlled Subs.-1st Off.(M) Serve a term of not less than 3 days nor more than 6 months incarceration which will be concurrent to count 1.  Fine $1000.00.

As to Count 5: Careless Driving Pay fine of $25.00.

The Defendant is eligible to take part in a Re-entry Plan prior to the expiration of his/her minimum sentence, if he receives inpatient drug and alcohol treatment.  The defendant shall pay costs of the court.  Supervision and Administrative fees waived.  No community service.  The defendant shall pay DA Expense Reimbursement of $227.00.  The defendant shall be paroled at the expiration of his minimum sentence if he is of good behavior.The defendant will pay a Court Reporting Network Test Fee in the amount of $100.00.  Act 198 fee waived.  The defendant will attend DUI Alcohol Save Driving School and be responsible for the cost involved.  The defendant will be the subject of a comprehensive Drug and Alcohol Evaluation and comply with all treatment recommendations relative to drug and alcohol abuse, at  his/her own expense.  The defendant will attend AA and/or NA meetings as directed.  The defendant is sentenced to take part in the Potter County Victim Impact Panel Presentation to be held on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Courtroom.  The defendant will pay a fee of $25.00 in cash to defray cost, payable in full at the time of the presentation.  The defendant’s participation and attendance are mandatory.   Defendant’s Driver’s License shall be suspended for a period of 12 months.  Unlawful User of Controlled Substance (Form 2251 required.)


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