Scranton, PA – United States Marshal
Martin J. Pane announced today that the United States Marshals Service (USMS)
arrested Shawn Christy, a 21-year old man, in McAdoo, Pennsylvania.
Christy was being sought on an arrest warrant issued by the United States
District Court of Alaska on November 21, 2012, charging him with violation
of federal probation.
On June 8, 2012, Christy was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage, Alaska
to five (5) years of probation. He and his father Craig Christy had been
previously charged with making harassing telephone calls to the law firm
that represented Sarah Palin. These calls threatened Palin and her
attorneys. In January 2012, both Christys pleaded guilty to the charges.
As a condition of the five (5) years of probation, U.S. District Court Judge
Timothy M. Burgess ordered Shawn Christy to spend up to six (6) months in a
community re-entry program at a Scranton residential facility.
Christy had his federal probation supervision transferred from the District
of Alaska to the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In mid-July 2012, Christy
entered the Catholic Social Services Residential Program. While residing at
the Scranton Catholic Charity Center, it is alleged that Christy left
without approval, was verbally abusive toward staff, and caused property
damage at the facility.
Shortly after the issuance of the fugitive warrant on November 21, Marshals
in Alaska sent an investigative lead to the USMS Fugitive Task Force in the
Middle District of Pennsylvania. Marshals based in Scranton developed
information that the fugitive had returned to McAdoo.
During the morning hours of November 28, U.S. Marshals located Christy at a
house in the 100 block of South Harrison Street in McAdoo. Upon identifying
themselves, Christy fled the residence and was pursued by law enforcement.
After a short foot chase, U.S. Marshals subdued the fugitive without any
further incident. At the time of arrest, Christy was in possession of a
knife. Christy was transported to the U.S. Courthouse in Scranton, where he
appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Thomas Blewitt. Christy was
ordered detained, pending his removal to the District of Alaska for further
court proceedings on the federal probation violation warrant.
United States Marshal Martin J. Pane stated, “This case demonstrates the
commitment of the U. S. Marshals Service to apprehend fugitives who fail to
comply with their probation requirements.”
U.S. Marshals were assisted by personnel from the Lackawanna County
Sheriff’s Office, a participating agency in its Middle District of
Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force.
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