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Christy Agrees To Return To Pa. To Face Charges

October 2, 2018

Christy Agrees To Return To Pa. To Face Charges

Shawn Christy made his second federal court appearance in Ohio on Monday afternoon.

He agreed to return to Pennsylvania, where he will face the charges against him.

Christy, who was apprehended Sept. 21 after a 95-day manhunt that crossed six state lines, was charged this summer with threatening President Donald Trump and others on social media and is wanted for failure to appear in Schuylkill County Court for another case.

The 26-year-old McAdoo man was faced with two procedural hearings Monday. His court-appointed attorney, Lawrence J. Whitney, Akron, Ohio, said Christy waived his right to both a detention hearing and an identity hearing, which means he did not argue against being transferred to Pennsylvania, nor did he argue that he is the person named in the indictment as he is entitled to by law.

It’s unclear when he will be returned to Pennsylvania to appear in federal court, where he has the right to another hearing to argue for his release.

He remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

According to cleveland.com, his appearance in court was brief and he offered short answers to the judge’s questions.

Whitney, who couldn’t discuss Christy’s physical condition or other aspects of his court appearance, said he was apprehended on both the indictment and the warrant for failure to appear when he was found in Ohio last month.

Christy made his first court appearance in Ohio on Sept. 24 where he was formally read his charges.

Christy was captured Sept. 21 in northern Ohio.

He allegedly posted threats early in June on his Facebook account 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,” read one post.

“Your (sic) a dead man...Lets (sic) play,” another threat in the four-count indictment read. The indictment states the target of that threat was a person only identified as “J.M.”

Those statements brought law enforcement to his home June 19 to take him into custody and when officers didn’t find him there, they began their search in the communities, coal stripping pits and woods around his home. The search took law enforcement to several locations in Pennsylvania including Rush Twp. in Schuylkill County, Butler Twp. in Luzerne County and Clarks Green in Lackawanna County, as well as New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Ohio.

Ohio law enforcement 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 on the morning Sept. 16 was found crashed along the roadside of Interstate 71 near Mansfield, Ohio, later that evening.

Marshals were tasked with apprehending Christy, stating early on that they wouldn’t rest until Christy was safely taken into custody.

In addition to the indictment where he is charged with threats against the President of the United States, among other violations, Christy is accused of committing burglaries and thefts while at large and is also wanted in Pennsylvania for a probation violation. However, he will answer the federal threat charges before any other case, according to Deputy Robert Clark, supervisor of the U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force in Philadelphia.

Contact the writer:

achristman@standardspeaker.com; 570-501-3584

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