August 28, 2017
Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the sentencing of Eric Gessner, who appeared before the Honorable William J. McGovern III, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on August 25, 2017.
Gessner, age 25 of Hopatcong, was sentenced to three years of probation with credit for 31 days time served. He was ordered to submit to a TASC evaluation and follow any and all recommendations made from same, attend AA/NA meetings three times per week, complete 100 hours of community service work, submit to random urine screenings, obtain and maintain employment, and pay fines and fees totaling $1,330.00. His driver license was ordered suspended for six months.
He pled guilty on June 19, 2017, to Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, a third degree crime, and Receiving Stolen Property, a disorderly persons offense.
The defendant received a personal check, knowing it was stolen, on October 25, 2016, in Hopatcong Boro. He also was in possession of three folds of heroin on February 22, 2017, in Hopatcong.
Gessner was represented by Steven Insley, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.