Shawn Christy Appears In Court For First Time Since Capture

September 24, 2018

The first of multiple federal court appearances involving a McAdoo man who led police on a three-month manhunt was held in Ohio on Monday afternoon. Supervisory Deputy Anne Murphy of the United States Marshals Service in northern Ohio said it was a short hearing where Shawn Christy, 26, wanted for making threats against President of the United States Donald Trump and others, was formally read his charges. The process of extraditing him back to Pennsylvania also began, she said. His next court appearances will occur in Ohio Oct. 1. That appearance will involve an identity hearing and a detention hearing, during the latter of which, a federal judge will determine if he will remain in custody or be freed. For now, Christy remains in federal detention, though the exact location of where he is being held isn’t released to the public, Murphy said. The identity hearing, she said is a formality that will determine if the person sitting in court is indeed the person named in the indictment. Christy allegedly posted threats early in June on social media directed to the Northampton County District Attorney, the president and police. “Keep it up (John M.) Morganelli, I promise I’ll put a bullet in your head as soon as I put one in the head of President Donald J. Trump.” It resulted in charges being filed against him June 19 in federal court. Marshals, the Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation began searching for him in an attempt to take him into custody that day at his McAdoo home. Christy apparently fled the home and a search of woods and buildings in the McAdoo and Kline Twp. areas in Schuylkill County commenced. Christy was on the run for 95 days, accused of burglaries and thefts during his time on the lam. The search for him by law enforcement traversed through six states -- Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Ohio and involved hundreds of law enforcement officers before ending Friday in a stream bed where Marshals say he was hiding among rocks in Miffling Twp., northern Ohio. Law enforcement in Ohio began searching for Christy during the last leg of the manhunt after a truck he allegedly stole from Skitco Iron Works in Hazle Twp., early in the morning Sept. 16 was found crashed along the roadside of Interstate 71 near Mansfield Ohio later that evening. He was taken into custody peacefully, according to police. Contact the writer: achristman@standardspeaker.com; 570-501-3584

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