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2 acquitted of most serious charges in game warden incident

November 6, 2019

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Two men accused last year of attacking a Pennsylvania game warden and taking his gun have been acquitted of the most serious charges but convicted of lesser offenses.

The York Dispatch reports that 58-year-old Wade Michael Winemiller and 58-year-old Thomas Earl Kelly Jr. were acquitted of felony charges of aggravated assault and disarming a law enforcement officer.

Winemiller was convicted Oct. 30 of simple assault and resisting arrest as well as summary counts. Kelly was also acquitted of simple assault but convicted of resisting arrest and summary counts.

Authorities said a game warden investigating a December 2018 deer shooting in Schuylkill County stopped two men riding ATVs and a struggle eventually began, and one took the warden’s gun and told him he could pick it up “at the next intersection.”

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Information from: The York Dispatch, http://www.yorkdispatch.com