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Man wanted in Texas has charge dropped, one added

Published May 23. 2013 05:03PM

One charge has been withdrawn and replaced with another offense for a Carbon County man wanted in the state of Texas.

William Billings, 38, of Lehighton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Billings faced one charge of resisting arrest or other law enforcement. But, that charge was withdrawn, and an offense of persistent disorderly conduct was added.

Billings pled guilty to the charge of persistent disorderly conduct, and was given credit for time served.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Trooper Nicolas De La Iglesia of the Pennsylvania State Police:

Billings, having broken terms of his bail, parole, or probation related to charges in the state of Texas, has been found to be within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, according to the affidavit.

He was convicted of a felony offense in the state of Texas, and was sentenced to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Parole Division, and the Board of Pardons and Paroles, the affidavit says.

Billings violated his terms of his parole, and was declared a fugitive from justice. He was entered into NCIC as wanted by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division confirmed the warrant, and related that they will extradite him.

The Texas arrest warrant was issued on Feb. 20, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division contacted the Franklin Township Police Department requesting that Billings be arrested.

The parole division further related that the initial offense is a felony. Chief Thomas Beltz, of the Franklin Township Police Department, contacted PSP Lehighton, and requested assistance serving this warrant.

On April 25, at 4:50 p.m., Beltz and the following members of PSP Lehighton arrived at Billings' home of 2558 Long Run Road, Franklin Township: Trooper Ryan Kempinski, Trooper Thomas Lyons, Trooper Shaun Flynn, Trooper Michael Gesualdo, Corporal Shawn Noonan, and De La Iglesia.

Upon making contact with Billings, he fled on foot for about 200 yards, and troopers pursued. Troopers made physical contact with Billings, and he continued to physically resist being arrested. An electronic immobilization device (TASER) was utilized to subdue Billings, whose identity was confirmed via his fingerprints.

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