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West Kittanning Woman Sentenced to Intermediate Punishment

During a five-month crime period in 2012, Jaysa Kuntz of West Kittanning allegedly stole various items from the local area – some of which with her husband and daughter close-by.

Yesterday, the 30-year old was sentenced before President Judge Kenneth Valasek for eight different crimes committed.

For all, Kuntz – who reportedly now goes by her married name of Jaysa Sheasley – will serve four years in the county’s Intermediate Punishment program and six months of electronic monitoring.

After 42 months of compliance, certain sanctions would be lifted.

An Intermediate Punishment Program has been described as a sentence imposed between incarceration and traditional probation. Once qualified, Jaysa’s sentence will be structured to her particular needs.

Anyone who reportedly does not follow the conditions of intermediate punishment is placed in the county jail to serve the remainder of their sentence.

That charge directly relates to a misdemeanor theft of a cash register from the Ford’s Flowers store in West Kittanning Borough July 27, other felony offenses in a July 29 Kittanning Borough burglary and a misdemeanor theft of a .380 caliber pistol from a Kittanning Borough safe July 25.

The cash register stolen from Ford’s Flowers had about $400 inside and was not recovered, though the register was found near a Cowansville Sunoco Service Station.

No further penalty for allegedly stealing $90 in gasoline from the Sheetz gas station in Manor Township in June 2012 was assessed. Jaysa pled guilty to the summary offense.

Jaysa allegedly scammed the station on two separate occasions in June – at 1:35 PM June 18 and at 11:21AM June 23.

According to state police troopers, Jaysa claimed to have bought $90 worth of gasoline and said she never received the gasoline after paying inside. An attendant turned on the pump for her on both occasions.

Jaysa is also sentenced from using drugs, entering any premises selling alcohol, will undergo a mental health evaluation and perform 20 hours of community service.

She was credited with 28 days in Armstrong County Jail. In August, Jaysa was originally released on her own recognizance by District Magisterial Judge James Owen.

Jaysa also is required to pay a $100 fine and $581.50 in restitution.