10 - 17 - 2013 Man convicted of animal cruelty accused of punching young girl
A Milesburg man convicted this week of letting his herd of beef cattle starve over the winter was back in court Wednesday in a separate case, and will remain free after a bail hearing. Thomas Shawley, 56, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday on charges that he punched a young girl, shoved her into a wooden stand and threatened to kill her. He faces misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats and simple assault in that case. Prosecutors asked District Judge Thomas Jordan on Wednesday to impose $10,000 secured bail against Shawley, but that request was denied. Shawley remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail. Assistant District Attorney Nathan Boob, in asking for stricter bail, cited Shawleyâs conviction Monday on animal cruelty charges. Shawleyâs attorney, Stephanie Cooper, disputed that her client is a flight risk and said he suffers from multiple health conditions that would be aggravated in jail. Shawley is scheduled for sentencing in the animal cruelty case in December. He now faces possible trial in the assault case.