Christy Faces More Charges In New Indictment
The list of charges continues to grow against a McAdoo man who was captured in Ohio in September after leading authorities on a three-month chase over charges related to threatening the president, according to court records released Tuesday.
A grand jury Tuesday brought an 11-count superseding indictment against 27-year-old Shawn Christy, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Christy was indicted in July with posting threats on social media against President Donald Trump, police officers who attempted to detain him on a bench warrant, and Northampton County’s district attorney.
Documents released at the time said that Christy posted on Facebook that he was going to shoot the president in the head, “use lethal force on any law enforcement officer” who attempted to detain him on a warrant, and promised in another post to “put a bullet in the head” of a person identified by the initials “J.M.”
A federal judge in Pennsylvania issued a warrant June 19 for Christy in connection to Facebook threats to Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli that stated “Keep it up 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.”
In a separate post, Christy again threatened to injure Morganelli.
“Your (sic) a dead man … Let’s play.”
The grand jury brought the superseding indictment against Christy that includes the four original counts and additional charges that include interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, two counts of interstate transportation of a stolen firearm, two counts of interstate transportation of a firearm while under an information for a felony offense, fugitive in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm, according to court papers.
The stolen vehicle charge pertains to Christy driving a silver Dodge Caravan worth about $20,000 from Pennsylvania to Virginia while the firearm counts involve Christy transporting a 9 mm Ruger P85 handgun from Pennsylvania to Maryland and bringing a Smith & Wesson .22 caliber revolver from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, court records said.
Prosecutors believe Christy knew or had reasonable cause to believe the firearms were stolen, according to court records.
Christy wilfully transported the firearms while under information for the crime of aggravated assault, court records state.
Christy was indicted in Ohio on Nov. 9 for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a fugitive from justice.
U.S. Marshals began searching June 19 for Christy, who led them on a chase through Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland and Ohio, where he was found after crashing a stolen pickup truck.