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Bradford DA Announces Superior Court Decision on Numerous Appeals

Bradford County District Attorney Stephen [Downs announced the following recent decision of the superior court of Pennsylvania:

Timothy Mark Dodge, 44, Towanda, had his convictions for 37 counts of receiving stolen property, all felonies of the third degree, two counts of burglary, both felonies, one count of criminal trespass, a felony, one court of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor, and one count of possession of a small amount of marijuana, unanimously upheld and affirmed by a three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Dodge's convictions followed a lengthy jury trial involving hundreds of items of stolen property in Dodge's possession. The trial concluded on Oct. 19, 2001.

By a two-to-one majority, the Judges of the Superior Court panel ruled, however, that Dodge's sentence of 58 1/2 years minimum to 124 years maximum in a state correctional facility was excessive and directed that Bradford County Court of Common Pleas Judge John Mott re-sentence Dodge for these crimes and consider giving Dodge a lighter sentence.

Downs announced that he was pleased with the decision of the Superior Court to uphold the verdicts reached by the jury, but does not believe that Dodge's sentence was excessive because, according to Downs, Dodge is a career criminal who deserves to spend the rest of his natural life in prison. Therefore, Downs announced that he will challenge the re-sentencing ordered by the Superior Court.

Downs also announced that because Dodge's guilty verdicts have now been upheld by an appellate court, that persons victimized by Dodge who have had personal property taken into police custody in connection with this investigation and trial, may contact Downs's office to arrange to have such items of personal property finally returned to them.

DA Downs announced the following recent appeal decisions from the Superior Court of Pennsylvania:

Raymond L. Vanderpool, 59, Wyalusing, had his appeal rejected by a panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania which upheld his conviction for solicitation to commit arson and solicitation to commit criminal mischief and upheld his sentence to 11 months minimum and 59 months maximum in a state correctional facility. The defendant was convicted following a jury trial.

James Watson, 39, and Kenny Watson, 32, had their appeals rejected by a panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania which upheld the convictions of both arising from the shooting death of Jason Ryans, 27, which occurred on April 17, 2001 in Wyalusing Township. James Watson was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole to be followed by a consecutive term of imprisonment in a state correctional facility of 46 years minimum to 92 years maximum was upheld. Kenney Watson was sentenced to 10 years and one month minimum to 21 years in a state correctional facility. Both Watsons were convicted following a joint jury trial in Sept. 2002.

DA Downs announced the following persons had their terms of parole revoked on Sept. 2:

Randy Hall, 39, Wysox RR2, had his parole revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor of the second degree, and he was recommitted to the Bradford County Correctional Facility to serve out his maximum sentence of 23-1/2 months without credit for time already spent on parole.

Michael Horton, 23, Towanda RR5, had his parole revoked for receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor of the second degree, and he was recommitted to the Bradford County Correctional Facility to serve out his maximum sentence of 18 months without credit for time already spent on parole.





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