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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Pa. Court: Jury Acted on Evidence when Returned Death Verdict for Man who Killed Mother and Daughter

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A Lancaster County man convicted of killing a woman and her daughter because they were potential witnesses in his pending sexual assault case was granted no relief this week from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The appellate court found nothing to overturn...

Aug. 21, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 20, 2019

Repeat Offender Jailed up to 30 Years for Sexual Abuse of Lancaster County Child

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A registered sex offender was recently jailed up to 30 years for his second conviction of illegal contact with a child.

Justin M. Mayfield, 37, pleaded guilty to several felonies, including unlawful contact with a minor and failure to register under Megan&...

Aug. 20, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Purse Vendor Jailed for Groping Customer at Root's Country Market

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A New York man was sentenced to prison for groping a woman last year at Root’s Country Market.

Zhong Wu Shan was escorted from Lancaster County Court in handcuffs Wednesday when he was sentenced to one to 23 months in prison for misdemeanor indec...

Aug. 16, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 15, 2019

DA’s Office to Co-Host Intruder Trainings for Businesses, Faith-Based Organizations

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office will co-host a pair of trainings in September for businesses and faith-based organizations on how to minimize devastation from armed intruder incidents.

The DA’s Office and Pa South Centra...

Aug. 15, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 13, 2019

Man Sentenced for Role in New Jersey-to-Lancaster Fentanyl Trafficking

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 30 years in prison for his role in a large-scale fentanyl/heroin operation – and he could be facing additional penalties.

Antonio J. Rivera, 28, was on state and federal parole when he was charged last year in the Lancaster...

Aug. 13, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 12, 2019

Assistance From Public Leads to Homicide Charges in Drive-By Shooting

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Homicide charges were filed Thursday regarding the May 30 shooting death of Tyreek Gardner.

Lancaster city police charged two men with Gardner’s killing, the first of three homicides in a three-week span in the city.

In early July, the Lancaster C...

Aug. 12, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 7, 2019

1 in 5 Criminal Cases Enter Diversion Programs for Charge Reductions, Expungements

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An editorial from the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office:

A prosecutor’s mission is to protect the community, and that protection duty extends to providing offenders the means and opportunity to rehabilitate and move past their crime(s)....

Aug. 7, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: August 5, 2019

Deadly 'Fake' Prescription Pills Seen Across U.S. are Pure Fentanyl

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Fake prescriptions pills – which are actually pressed fentanyl tablets – recently caused four overdose deaths in a day in California.

The pills have also made their way to other parts of the country, including Lancaster County.

The pure ...

Aug. 5, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 31, 2019

Boy, 17, Charged in Fatal Shooting Monday Night in Columbia; Investigation Ongoing

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A 17-year boy is charged with third-degree murder regarding a fatal shooting Monday night in Columbia.

Antonio Acosta, of Columbia, was arraigned Tuesday morning and remanded to Lancaster County Prison.

Nicholas Mills, 19, was pronounced dead Monday night a...

July 31, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 26, 2019

Man Sentenced for Spree of Lancaster Store Robberies; Displayed Gun Every Time

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 12 years in prison for robbing eight city stores, at gunpoint, over two months last year.

Rayvonne Perez-Acosta was 17 when he brandished a stolen gun to store employees, demanded money and fled with cash during the robberi...

July 26, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 24, 2019

Man who Told 'Fantasy' Story at Trial Sentenced for Sexual Assault of Sleeping Woman

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman who was sleeping in a Manheim home.

Jordan A. Mayes, 24, was convicted at trial in April of four felonies and two misdemeanors regarding the June 10, 2017, incident at a ho...

July 24, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 22, 2019

Investigative Findings Regarding Fatal Shooting of Man at Lancaster City Home

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The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is announcing findings regarding an April 27, 2019, incident in Lancaster city that resulted in the death of Tony Torrellas. Torrellas was shot after entering a home in the 500 block of South Queen...

July 22, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 10, 2019

Shorty Melendez's Survivors Hoping Public Info, DNA Brings Break in Unsolved Murder Case

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Christina Reichard can still feel the heat of July 3 – 17 years ago.          

Lancaster city residents were on their porches, in the streets and on the sidewalks, excitement of the approaching holiday...

July 10, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 9, 2019

More Prison for Woman who Gave Birth in Bathroom; 'Cherished' Baby Living with a Family

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A Berks County woman will serve at least a few more months in prison for endangering her newborn child by giving birth in a Warwick Township bathroom.

Emmanuella Osei, 24, was sentenced Monday morning in Lancaster County Court on a felony count of endanger...

July 9, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 8, 2019

LOCK YOUR VEHICLES: Spike in Thefts of Vehicles and What’s Inside – Most were Unlocked

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There has been a spike in vehicle thefts, and thefts of what’s inside vehicles in Lancaster County.

Law enforcement is offering simple advice to vehicle owners so they do not become victims:

LOCK YOUR VEHICLES AND DO NOT KEEP VALUABLES INSIDE THEM...

July 8, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 3, 2019

‘Persons of Interest’ in Recent Homicides, but Investigators Seeking More Info from Witnesses

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There has been “significant progress” and “persons of interest” identified regarding recent homicides in Lancaster city, but law enforcement is asking the public to speak up and help move along the investigations.

Th...

July, 3, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: July 1, 2019

'Living Hell': Jury Convicts Man of 25 Charges for Sex Abuse of Children

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A Lancaster Township man was convicted Friday of more than two dozen charges regarding sustained beatings, sexual abuse and imprisonment of four children.

Donald A. Moyer, 63, will be sentenced after a background investigation is completed in a couple mont...

July 1, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: June 26, 2019

Meet Lancaster County's New First Assistant District Attorney, Travis S. Anderson

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Lancaster County’s new First Assistant District Attorney aspires to visit the birthplaces, homes and gravesites of every United States President – he’s about halfway through the list.

Millard Fillmore’s birthplace in...

June 26, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: June 25, 2019

State Prison for Man who Hijacked Car from Strangers, Fled Police and Crashed

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A Lancaster man will serve up to nine years in prison for randomly carjacking a vehicle, nearly striking the occupants as he drove off, then fleeing police – striking a vehicle and attempting to enter homes in the process.

Stephan M. Frey, 35, wi...

June 25, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: June 17, 2019

Pa. Court: No Relief for Bar Owner, 3 Other Men Serving Prison Time for Brutal Beating on Christmas

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The four men convicted of beating a man unconscious on Christmas morning 2015 outside a Lancaster bar will not get lesser sentences or new trials, according to recently rulings by a state appellate court.

The former owner of Molly’s Pub, Anthony ...

June 17, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: June 12, 2019

Man with 20-Year Criminal Record Jailed up to 10 Years for Fentanyl Sale in Lancaster

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 10 years in prison for selling fentanyl-laced heroin last year in a city alley.

Jerome Johnson, 32, pleaded guilty to felony counts of delivery of fentanyl and criminal use of a communication facility (a cellphone) regardin...

June 12, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: June 11, 2019

GUILTY: Jury Convicts Man of Threatening Lititz Hospital Staff, Causing Lockdown

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A Middletown man was convicted of threatening staff at a Lititz area hospital – his claims including a “biker gang” assault - causing the facility to lockdown for several hours.

A Lancaster County jury convicted 49-year-old Do...

June 11, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: June 7, 2019

Man Jailed for Sharing Child Porn; Had Hundreds of Files, Concealer Software

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A Manheim Township man will serve up to a decade prison for possessing and sharing child pornography.

Timothy Wolf recently pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to five felonies regarding an investigation last year that involved the seizure of a comput...

May 7, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: June 3, 2019

Lancaster Man in Stolen Truck Charged with Fleeing Police

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A Lancaster man is charged with numerous offenses for fleeing police earlier this month in a stolen vehicle – driving across numerous municipalities before being arrested in Strasburg.

Jerell P. Stewart, 30, told police he knew the Chevy Avalanch...

June 3, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: May 24, 2019

Killer Denied New Trial over Shooting of Lancaster Father on City Street

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A Lancaster man serving decades for killing a young father four years ago will not get a new trial, a local judge ruled this week.

Stefon Landing fatally shot 22-year-old Devonte Gantt during a drug robbery on a Lancaster city street on Jan. 4, 2015. Landi...

May 24, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: May 20, 2019

FYI on State Prison Boot Camp: Who is Eligible? What is the Success Rate?

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A Boot Camp program is available to select individuals sentenced, upon conviction, to a Pennsylvania state prison.

The State Correctional Institution program is similar to the military drill-and-routine format for which it is named.

About three-quarters of ...

May 20, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: May 15, 2019

GUILTY: Judge Convicts Root’s Market Stand Holder of Groping Female Customer

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A New York man was recently convicted in Lancaster County Court of groping a woman last year at Root’s Country Market.

Zhong Wu Shan, 38, will be sentenced on a misdemeanor indecent assault charge after a background investigation is completed, in...

May 15, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: May 3, 2019

Man Sentenced to State Prison for Intimidating Witness with Facebook Postings

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A Lancaster man will serve up to five years in prison for posting court documents and other content on Facebook in attempts to intimidate an individual involved in the Eddie Cameron murder case.

Tyeke Holcomb pleaded guilty Wednesday to intimidation and cr...

May 3, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: May 2, 2019

Man Sentenced for Strangulation of Pregnant Woman - his 2nd Conviction for Beating a Woman

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A Lancaster man will serve up to 10 years in prison for beating a pregnant woman last year – a violation of his probation for a prior conviction of assaulting another woman.

Luis A. Betemit, 25, pleaded guilty to felony strangulation, aggravated ...

May 2, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: May 1, 2019

Man with Loaded Pistol and 300 Grams of Meth Jailed up to 11 Years

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A Bedford County man will serve up to 11 years in prison for having 300 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded pistol with a round in the chamber last year in East Donegal Township.

Adam Lawson, a convicted felon, had the 9-mm pistol and the 11-ounce meth s...

May 1, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 30, 2019

Marijuana: Realities about Incarceration, Impact on Drivers, Young Adults

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As the national conversation continues about legalization of marijuana, we encourage all residents, leaders and legislators to be fully informed when taking a stance on the issue.

We offer some data-supported analysis of today’s marijuana, trends...

April 30, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 29, 2019

Lancaster County Connection to ‘Operation Save Milton’ Shows OD Death Investigation Value

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday the arrests of 17 individuals and indictments of numerous people under “Operation Save Milton” – the sting named for a trafficking network that prompted increases in ove...

April 29, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 26, 2019

No Relief for Murderer who Set Man Ablaze in 1998; Judge Finds Recanted Statements ‘Coerced’

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A Lancaster man serving life in prison for burning a man to death 20 years ago will not get a new trial, a local judge has ruled.

Derrick Burnside was convicted in 2004 of second-degree murder and related charges for the killing of James Bell.

On Dec. 22, 1...

April 26, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 24, 2019

‘Wholly Frivolous’ Appeal from Killer of Disabled Brothers Denied by Pa. Court

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A man‘s request for relief from consecutive life sentences for killing a pair of disabled brothers is “wholly frivolous,” a state appellate court has ruled.

Juan Cristo-Munoz pleaded guilty last year to two counts of first-deg...

April 24, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 16, 2019

Pa. Court Grants No Relief to Driver who Fled Scene of Crash Involving School Students

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A Lancaster man convicted of fleeing after causing a multi-vehicle crash that injured several school students will get no relief from a state appellate court.

James P. Irvin III was sentenced last year to 5 to 20 years in prison regarding his trial convict...

April 16, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 11, 2019

Repeat DUI Offender Sentenced for Leaving Scene of Rollover Crash on Lincoln Highway East

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A Downingtown man will serve up to 8 years in prison for fleeing the scene after driving intoxicated and causing a crash last year in Lancaster County that seriously injured a woman.

Mark Harvey, 29, was illegally passing vehicles on Lincoln Highway East (...

April 11, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 10, 2019

How School Resource Officers and Youth Aid Panels are Helping our Students

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What qualifies as effective and successful is subjective when discussing police practices at Lancaster County school districts – no district’s student body is like any other, so there is a variety of approaches employed across the coun...

April 10, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: April 1, 2019

Decades of Prison, Parole and Probation for West Lampeter Man who Sexually Abused Girl for Years

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A West Lampeter Township man was recently sentenced to 50 years of supervision for rape and other sexual abuse of a girl that went on for about 10 years.

Joseph Valentin Jr., 36, pleaded guilty to numerous felonies – including rape of a child - F...

April 1, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: March 28, 2019

Convicted Murderer Re-Sentenced for 'Evil' Killing of Lancaster County Teacher

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A Lancaster man convicted of murdering a local school teacher was resentenced Wednesday, but the new terms are not likely to impact how much time he spends behind bars.

Marcus Rutter was originally sentenced to 54 to 109 years in prison for the 2014 killin...

March 28, 2019

District Attorney
Posted on: January 25, 2019

Trainings on Cellphone, Electronics Evidence Extraction and Analysis to be Held in Lancaster

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A series of training courses hosted by digital forensics company Cellebrite will be held in comings months in Lancaster County.

The three multi-day courses will be at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center on Champ Boulevard in Manheim.

The cour...

Jan. 25, 2019

District Attorney

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Posted on: August 22, 2019

County Offices will be closed on Monday September 2nd for Labor Day Holiday

Labor Day

Offices will reopen on Tuesday September 3rd at 8:30 AM.

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