"Eleven months after the fact."
That was former McKeesport councilman Paul Shelly's first reaction to seeing a court document indicating the state would not prosecute him on criminal charges filed last June after a McKeesport man accused Shelly of pulling a gun on him during an argument.
Shelly, 46, was to be tried on charges of terroristic threats and defiant trespass before Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams III Wednesday but the trial didn't occur due to his accuser Edwin Batista, 48, of McKeesport, expressing a desire not to proceed with the case.
Since accusing Shelly of pulling the weapon on him in his dry cleaning shop which is now out of business in downtown McKeesport on June 13, Batista has had a number of brushes with the law and is in Allegheny County Jail awaiting trial in July on charges of terroristic threats and other charges stemming in part from threats he made against McKeesport police Assistant Chief Thomas Greene.
A man wrongly accused and seriously harmed in the process should be compensated, no? No gun was ever recovered? He spent three days in jail? What's behind all this? Is it just dirty Pennsylvania-style politics?
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