In January 2012, T.G. was wrongfully accused and imprisoned for the crimes of Aggravated Assault on Police Officer with Deadly Weapon Enhancement (car), Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Receiving Stolen Property, Carrying a Firearm without a License, Possession with the Intent to Deliver, Escape, Drug Paraphernalia, and Criminal Mischief when a car that was stopped nearly dragged and nearly ran over a police officer. The car was never stopped. It got away. The car was found abandoned. Some time later, T.G. was arrested. He was looking at many, many years behind bars.
He has spent the last 9 months in jail for a crime he did not commit. Today, his immediate ordeal of his imprisonment is over and T.G. walked out of Dauphin County Prison a free man.
The McShane Firm doggedly investigated the case. T.G. had always been adamant that it was not him. Credit is due to the prosecution. Through the honorable actions of the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office and specifically Chase DeFalice, Francis T. Chardo and Edward Marsico, they listened to our pleas and the pleas of T.G. They agreed that the sole piece of tangible evidence (the knit hat snatched off the perpetrator) would be tested by the Pennsylvania State Police for DNA. They did justice in agreeing to the DNA testing. This is a remarkable act of ethics and is in the best keeping of the role of a prosecutor.
The DNA test came back on the hairs found inside the knit hat. The results came back as negative. The hairs inside were positively not from T.G.
I am extremely proud of the entire firm. Our team worked tirelessly on this case and once again proved:
- Exonerations happen.
- Eyewitnesses can be wrong.
- Even highly trained and highly experienced police officer eyewitnesses like this one (and I know this officer and he is a very good and honorable man) can be honestly mistaken and adamant that they are not wrong.
At The McShane Firm,
- We make a difference every day.
- We fight for justice.
- We fight for the falsely accused.