09 - 22 - 2011 Centre Hall armed robber convicted on weapons charge
(CDT) Maksim Illarionov, the accused ringleader of a series of burglaries & robberies, was found guilty yesterday of 3 counts of illegal possession of a firearm. A jury of 7 women & 5 men deliberated for less than an hour before returning the verdict. Illarionov & 3 co-defendants were tried on charges related to the burglaries & robberies in February, but a judge declared a mistrial when one of the defendants agreed to plead guilty & the Centre Co. DA said she would call him as a prosecution witness. A retrial was ordered, but is on hold pending an appeal by the defendants who argue that another trial would amount to double jeopardy.