Ex-Cops Verdicts in Shenandoah Case
Publicado el 2011-01-31 08:11:45 [0 comentarios]
Split verdicts and a full acquittal for ex-Shenandoah cops
Citizens Voice (January 27, 2011)
A jury issued a split verdict Thursday against three former Shenandoah police officers accused of obstructing justice in the investigation of a fatal beating.
Former police Chief Matthew R. Nestor was found guilty of falsifying records, hindering a federal investigation. He was found not guilty of conspiracy.
Former police Lt. William Moyer was found guilty of making false statements, but acquitted on four other counts.
Former police Officer Jason R. Hayes was acquitted on both counts he faced.
Nestor said "no comment" as he walked out of the federal courthouse in Wilkes-Barre tonight accompanied by family.
Moyer said he received a "fair trial" and thanked his supporters.
Hayes said he planned to apply for reinstatement to the Shenandoah police department.
His attorney, Frank Nocito, said: "It was a hard fought trial and justice was done."
Sentencing for Nestor and Moyer is scheduled for April 29.
Prosecutors alleged Nestor, Moyer and Hayes obstructed the probe of the beating of Luis Eduardo Ramirez Zavala on July 12, 2008. Prosecutors said Nestor, Moyer and Hayes filed false police reports to try to impede the investigation.
Ramirez, 25, of Shenandoah, died of head injuries at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, two days after the beating. The case attracted national and international attention due to the issues of race, ethnicity and illegal immigration.
All three defendants testified during the trial, each denying he committed any crimes.
Jurors deliberated for portions of two days before delivering their verdict.
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