Warren Man Sentenced In ‘Meth-Fueled’ Crime Spree

WARREN, Pa. — A Warren, Pa., man will be on probation for well over a decade for his involvement in a “meth-fueled” crime spree.

Steven M. Amon, 46, 407 Water St., pleaded guilty to charges at seven dockets and was subsequently sentenced by Judge Gregory Hammond on Monday morning.

Warren County District Attorney Rob Greene said that he did not speak with each of the victims, but said “all had prior comment (on) what was going to happen.” He said all the victims were “notified” of the plea and “sufficiently OK with the plea.”

Amon’s attorney, Henry Borger, noted that Amon’s plea to possession of a controlled substance is the “root of the problem.”

He said his client is a “very intelligent individual” and argued that his criminal conduct “all comes back to that he got wrapped up in meth. … That’s what the basis for all of this was.”

Amon was one of three people taken into custody in November following a string of burglaries in the North Warren area. The arrests were put into motion after an officer with the Warren Police Department spotted a man in the early morning hours riding a bicycle in the snow carrying lawn care equipment.

Borger told the court that the “good news” is that Amon “would be eligible (for) Veterans Administration inpatient drug treatment.” He said the VA is waiting on an order from the court and “will come to the Warren County Jail to get him” as soon as a bed is available.

He acknowledged that there are “a great number of charges here” and said that this program for Amon is one he “can be in for (an) extended period of time,” indicating he has “great hope” for his client.

Greene said he concurred with what Borger said but had a different message for Amon.

“This terrified a community. No one knew what was going on. (Amon) put a community at fear,” he said. “I hope Mr. Amon understands that. It scares people.”

He noted Amon has a “minimal” prior record and commended him for his military service.

“(I) do think this is a meth-fueled crime spree” and said the VA program is an “appropriate place for him to go.”

He asked for a “long tail” of supervision “to keep Mr. Amon on the right path.”

Amon acknowledged that his “poor decision making” affected the community and said he wants to be a productive member of the community.

Hammond said that Amon had two misconducts in the jail — one for cheeking medication and another for attempting to brew alcohol — that he said are “both (a) manifestation” of his addiction.

“Your addiction issue is fueling your conduct,” he continued, noting that the VA program “seems like an excellent program” that is “going to afford the opportunity for you to face (your) addiction head on, Mr. Amon.”

Speaking of the victims, Hamomnd said “they worked hard. They bought those things” and cited victim impact statements that indicated a loss of a sense of safety, security and privacy.

“It’s very impactful,” he said.

He cited his prior record score, time served and said that the VA “program being immediately available. … I think the sooner that happens the better.”

He told Amon that his time in the jail (238 days) “dried you out” and that he should now focus on treatment. He told Amon that he would be looking at a state sentence if he violates the terms of the sentence, noting that he didn’t want to scare Amon but wanted to be honest.

Amon was then sentenced on a total of 11 charges on seven dockets — burglary, five counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, two counts of criminal trespass (enter structure), conspiracy (criminal trespass and possession of a controlled substance totaling 238 days to two years less one day incarceration with credit for 238 days time served making him eligible for parole only to the VA treatment program, 14 years probation, $3,445.33 in restitution, $6,925 in fines and fees, 400 hours of community service, a no contact/trespass order on six of the dockets, compliance with drug and alcohol treatment recommendations and submission of a DNA sample.

Hammond advised Amon that probation could make a recommendation for early release if the conditions of the sentence are met. But he noted that Amon is “going to be on supervision for a long time.”