The Schuykill County man who threatened a former Northampton County district attorney and led authorities on a six-state chase has learned his fate.
A federal judge sentenced Christy to 20 years in prison after a lengthy hearing Thursday. During the hearing the judge referred to Christy as "painting a picture of a man to be feared."
His mother and a friend made statements on his behalf at the hearing.
For about an hour and a half of the hearing Christy objected to details of a pre-sentence report. During the hearing he said that he knew the government did not like him and that he felt dehumanized.
The judge recommended Christy be sent to Butner prison in North Carolina because he can receive proper mental health treatment there. No word yet on an appeal.
In November, a federal jury convicted Shawn Christy of 12 charges, including threatening the president of the United States and former Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli and transporting stolen firearms across state lines. The 28-year-old McAdoo resident was sentenced Thursday at the federal courthouse in Scranton. Federal prosecutors this week had filed a sentencing memorandum asking for a 262 to 327-month prison term.
Investigators said Christy had posted messages on social media, threatening to shoot President Donald Trump in the head, threatened to kill Morganalli and threatened to kill any police officers who tried to arrest him. Christy also burglarized his uncle’s Luzerne County home, where authorities said he stole three guns.
While on the lam, he stole vehicles, broke into a Maryland church and stole money, burglarized a home in Kentucky, broke into a school for the deaf and left a threatening note against the U.S. Marshals Service. He led authorities on a three-month chase across six states and Canada until he was captured in September 2018 in Ohio.