A recent arrest has led to multiple criminal charges for one Pennsylvania man. The 43-year-old man was arrested in another state, and is currently awaiting an extradition hearing to determine if he will be returned to Pennsylvania to face the serious charges against him. The most recent arrest was for firearms possession by a felon.
This is not the man's first brush with the law; he was convicted of grand theft and multiple other felonies in another state, for which he served a prison term. As for the charges in Pennsylvania, he is accused of robbery at gunpoint. An AK-47 assault rifle was the weapon allegedly used in that incident. At the time of his recent arrest, an assault weapon was allegedly found within the vehicle that was being driven. In addition, that vehicle was reported as stolen.
In Pennsylvania, the man faces charges of robbery, theft, assault, criminal trespassing, kidnapping and burglary, among others. He also now faces federal charges in the state in which he was arrested and is currently being held. His bond has been set at $250,000 pending the extradition hearing.
In cases such as this, the defense team working for the accused will have a sizeable task ahead of them. The first step in the process is to sort through the various charges and determine what evidence is held by the prosecution. In some cases, the best course of action is to seek a plea deal, through which the individual will admit guilt for certain crimes in exchange for a more lenient sentence. In other cases, the accused may elect to contest the accusations at trial in hopes of an acquittal or other favorable result. As the process moves forward for the federal firearms charges and other criminal matters, Pennsylvania readers may learn more about the manner in which these charges will be addressed within the court system.
Source: trib.com, "Pennsylvania fugitive arrested in Casper faces federal firearms charge", Lillian Schrock, March 5, 2015