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Welch man gets 60 days for burglary, assault

A Welch man was sentenced to 60 days in jail with a stay of imposition Friday after pleading guilty to first-degree burglary and fifth-degree assault. Under the stay of imposition, Joseph Frank Konchal, 32, will not actually serve time if he abides by the conditions of his five-year probation sentence.

According to a court complaint filed Nov. 22, Konchal entered a residence at 1897 Chayka St. on Nov. 20. Witnesses said he entered the house through an unlocked door and was looking for heroin. He later broke a glass door and threw things around inside the house.

The complaint also says that Konchal pushed a man inside the house and threatened a second man with a wooden board. Konchal's sister also told police that Konchal hit her while she was driving him to a hospital for his heroin addiction that same night.

Konchal was originally charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of fourth-degree property damage and three counts of fifth-degree assault. He pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of assault on Jan. 13. The other charges were subsequently dismissed.

According to the terms of Konchal's probation, he must remain law-abiding, not possess alcohol or drugs and get chemical dependency treatment, among other things. If he successfully completes his probation sentence, the felony burglary charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor.