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Verdicts returned in 4 criminal cases

Published September 11. 2010 09:00AM

Juries returned verdicts Friday at the Schuylkill County Courthouse in four criminal cases.

Thomas King McCabe, Jr., 24, of 326 West Broad Street, Tamaqua, was found guilty by a jury of delivery of cocaine drugs to a confidential informer and possession of a controlled substance.

Judge John E. Domalakes deferred sentence to Nov. 1 and McCabe was released on his current bail.

Testimony was given by an informer who testified meeting McCabe on a street corner in Shenandoah and exchanging $50 for a plastic bag containing cocaine powder.

Three trials ended in not guilty verdicts.

Brian John Cress, 41, of Drums, Luzerne County, was found not guilty by a jury of simple assault on another correctional officer after a trial before Judge D. Michael Stine.

He was accused by Criminal Investigator Harold Kertis, of the State Department of Corrections by striking Daniel Miller, formerly of East Broad Street, Tamaqua, when he was employed at the state correctional; institution in Ryan Township, near Frackville Borough, and since leaving his employment lives out of the county.

The testimony was that Cress struck him once in the groin and this was part of a harassment ritual carried out against Miller by guards who didn't want him as a fellow officer because "he was not one of them."

On Tuesday another officer, John Stephen Sanders, of Pottsville, was tried for striking Miller and was found guilty of simple assault.

Judge Stine deferred sentence to next month.

Todd Peter Setlock, 40, of Saint Clair, was found not guilty of charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. The charges arose out of an altercation which occurred in the Office Bar in Pottsville in March 2009 and a number of persons where involved.

Keith Earl Wykle, 21, Pottsville, was found not guilty by a jury of a charge of criminal mischief. The case was tried before Judge Charles M. Miller. Wykle was accused of tossing a cell phone at a car of his former girlfriend, Melissa Sears on May 11, 2009 in Pottsville.

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