Kidnapper among those sentenced in Tioga County Court

WELLSBORO – Eight people were sentenced by Judge John Leete in Tioga County Court on Monday, one of them in prison already in New York State.

Billie Jo Ribble, 37, of Bath, New York, was sentenced via video to 60-180 days imprisonment for burglary in a 2013 incident in Wellsboro during which she broke into a resident’s apartment late at night and kidnapped the resident and her infant child at knifepoint, forcing the woman to drive her to Lindley, New York, and threatening to kill her if she didn’t do as she wanted.

Ribble, who was pregnant at the time of the escape March 1, 2013, also was sentenced to 27 to 84 months imprisonment for escape after she complained of stomach pains and was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, assaulting a county sheriff’s deputy who was guarding her, jumped out of a window and escaped.

The sentences are concurrent with a 20-year federal New York State sentence, plus restitution.

She pleaded guilty in March 2014 before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer in Rochester, New York, to the March 1, 2013, kidnapping.

She had been arrested that same day on a warrant out of Steuben County, New York, in connection with an October 2012 burglary in the Town of Howard, New York.

Ribble was later found at her boyfriend’s residence in Corning, New York, where she had barricaded herself in the attic, eventually surrendering to authorities without incident.

Special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Wellsboro Police Department all participated in the investigation and arrest of Ribble.

Also sentenced to state prison were:

Stephen G. Ahearn, 24, of Elkland, 12-60 months in state prison for burglary, 463 days credit for time served, $200 fine, $1,840 restitution. He also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants and conspiracy. His sentencing is set for March 3.

Klarc D. House, 23, of Covington, 15 months to 48 months in state prison for burglary, $100 fine, $3,141 restitution, 77 days credit time served, concurrent.

Sentenced to county jail were:

Skyler W. Austin, 28, of Lock Haven, 416 days to 60 months in jail for DUI, 416 days credit for time served, $1,500 fine, 30 hours community service, 18 months driver’s license suspension.

For theft, 147 days to one year in jail, 147 days credit for time service, $100 fine, concurrent.

For criminal mischief, 242 days to 23 1/2 months in jail, 242 days credit time served $100 fine, $1,940 restitution, concurrent.

For theft, 147 days to 23 1/2 months in jail, 147 days credit time served, $100 fine, concurrent.

Kyle B. Chilson, 24, of Wellsboro, 402 days to 23 1/2 months for theft, credit for time served, 24 months probation, $100 fine, 30 hours community service.

Joshua M. Dean, 28, of Knoxville, 77 days to one year in jail for receiving stolen property, 77 days credit for time served, $100 fine, 30 hours community service.

For simple assault, four months to 23 1/2 months in jail, 77 days credit for time served, $100 fine, $3,506 restitution, concurrent.

Jessica L. Lehman, 25, of Elkland, 60 months intermediate punishment for DUI, with one-30 days in jail, 60 days electronic home monitoring, probation, $1,500 fine, 30 hours community service, 18 months driver’s license suspension.

Sentenced to probation was:

Shawn L. White, 27, of Lawrenceville, 12 months probation for bad checks, $100 fine, 30 hours community service, $630 restitution.