City man headed to prison for theft, fracas charges

A city man arrested in separate cases for stealing drugs from a store and a street fracas will spend the next two years in Lycoming County Prison.

Tyler Scott Hamm, 19, formerly of 614 Thomas Ave., pleaded guilty to a weapons charge, simple assault and retail theft.

Just before sentencing Hamm, Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio spoke to him.

“I am concerned about your future, that you are on the edge of a cliff ready to jump off,” he said. “I’m sure you are struggling financially. You have a child to support. You have a record.”

Hamm briefly recounted the incidents that led to his separate arrests as a result of the Oct. 12 fight and the retail theft earlier in 2013.

He said the fight initially involved two women in the 600 block of Wildwood Boulevard that escalated into a bigger one involving other people.

Hamm said he ended up hitting one man before being assaulted by someone else who pistol-whipped him.

Hamm and two other men were jailed in the incident.

In August, Hamm was arrested for stealing Mucinex from the CVS store on Lycoming Creek Road.

He later was found in possession of an illegal folding knife.

Hamm, standing humbly before Lovecchio, told the judge he was taking responsibility for his actions.

Lovecchio noted that Hamm had no prior criminal record as an adult.

However, his criminal record as a juvenile included arrests in Northumberland County between 2009 and 2013 for thefts, simple assault and receiving stolen property.

In addition to his two-year jail sentence, Hamm faces two years of probation and a $300 fine.

Lovecchio said he was not including community service as part of his sentence in order to allow Hamm, an 11th grade drop-out, to concentrate on attaining his GED.