SCRANTON, Pa. (AP/LEX 18) — A northeastern Pennsylvania man has been convicted of threatening President Donald Trump and a commonwealth district attorney last year.
Jurors deliberated for six hours Tuesday before convicting 28-year-old Shawn Christy of McAdoo on 11 of 12 federal counts, then later convicted him of the 12th count. He also faces charges in alleged crimes in several states during three months on the run.
Authorities charged Christy with online June 2018 threats to “put a bullet” in Trump and Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli and threats of “lethal force” against police.
The Maple Shade, New Jersey native testified Monday that someone else wrote that. Jurors were told to disregard his testimony after he refused to answer questions from the prosecutor, who called Christy his “star witness” in recordings played for jurors.
Also testifying at the trial was Kentucky native and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer. Federal officials say that Christy was caught on camera breaking into Meyer's home in August of 2018.
One of Meyer's Facebook posts on the situation was the focus of testimony.
"Absolutely I fought for this country, and I was willing to give my life for this country ... I would have absolutely done anything I needed to to protect my own daughter on my own land," Meyer told cameras.