Man gets 3 to 6 years in prison for DUI death

A Loyalsock Township man who killed a city man on High Street last May with his car will be spending up to six years in state prison.

Scott Treese, 34, was sentenced to three to six years in prison Tuesday morning by Judge Marc Lovecchio, the mandatory sentence for the charge of vehicular homicide while under the influence.

Driving drunk and high on cocaine, Treese struck and killed Mark Jeirls, 46, late in the evening of May 2, 2012, at High Street and Sixth Avenue, before driving off.

When contacted by investigators the next day, Treese admitted he had felt his Eagle Talon hit “something” the night before.

At his sentencing hearing, with members of the victim’s family in attendance, Treese read a statement that “expressed his remorse for what he did to the victim, what he did to the family, what he did to his own family,” said defense attorney Michael Rudinski.

“He said there was ‘no excuse,’ ” Rudinski said. “He’s been working on a GED and we’re hoping when he gets into the state prison he’ll get into some programs to help him with his alcohol and drug abuse.”

Treese was free on bail when county detectives got word he’d been seen in area barrooms. Treese’s bail conditions specified he was not allowed to drink; and after he was jailed on the violation, he pleaded no contest. to his charges.