Schuylkill County man involved in nationwide manhunt sentenced to 20 years in prison

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) UPDATE: 28-year-old Shawn Christy from McAdoo has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Christy was convicted last year on 11 federal charges after allegedly threatening to kill President Donald J. Trump and other public officials in 2018.

Christy led U.S. Marshals, state and local police on a manhunt that covered six states and Canada. It began in June of 2018 in McAdoo and ended in dramatic way in a wooded area near an interstate in Ohio. Christy proved to be very elusive during the manhunt.

He was convicted of breaking into homes and businesses, stealing food, vehicles and weapons. At several points during the search he even sent messages on social media, apparently taunting law enforcement.

Christy spoke for nearly two hours saying he was a victim of a conspiracy perpetrated by the U.S. Government and law enforcing, namely the U.S. Marshals. Assistant U.S. Attorney Fran Sempa says that is nonsense. Sempa told the judge that Christy declared war on law enforcement, this after threatening to kill President Trump and other public officials.

Judge Robert Mariani, with both of his hands on his head told Christy, “You escalated this situation every step of the way. You have to be sent to prison to protect the public.”

He will have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation as well.

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