Couple sentenced for theft from pop machine

LISBON – A Kittanning, Pa., couple who were involved in a scheme to take change from a pop machine outside of a Salineville store were both sentenced to serve time on Monday.

Columbiana County Common Pleas Judge C. Ashley Pike sentenced Carrie Corbett, 35, to 58 days to serve in the county jail for complicity to tamper with coin machines. Her husband, Joseph Corbett, 38, was sentenced to 11 months in prison for tampering with coin machines.

However, Carrie Corbett will go first, serving her 58 days followed by Joseph Corbett. The staggered sentences were to allow the couple to continue to raise their children, ages 6 and 10.

In agreeing to the staggered sentences, Pike said Joseph Corbett must report to the county jail before his wife is released. She is due to get out June 4.

Prior to his wife’s sentencing, Joseph Corbett asked Pike to consider being lenient with her, noting she rode along, but tried to talk him out of what he did.

“Mrs. Corbett did argue with me about what we did that night,” he said. “She argued with me and she stayed in the car.”

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Gamble said Joseph Corbett has a lengthy record, but in Pennsylvania it would appear he has been given several opportunities on community control. His criminal past includes other instances of tampering with coin machines.

Joseph Corbett stated he had a drug relapse and took the coins for that reason. According to court documents, on Aug. 9, 2011, he entered two coin machines and took the money. He also possessed criminal tools including vending machine keys and a pry bar.

Corbett argued he needs drug abuse assistance, not prison time. He added in the past, prison time has not helped him. Pike told him to take advantage of drug counseling programs at the prison.

Long after Joseph Corbett had left the courthouse, Carrie Corbett could be heard crying down the hallway. She reportedly asked court officials if her husband could serve the 58 days in her place.