Milesburg man convicted in animal abuse case charged with assault of young girl

mcarroll@centredaily.comOctober 16, 2013 

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 Shawley’s conviction Monday on animal cruelty charges.

“He now knows he faces jail time (in the animal cruelty case),” Boob said. “That presents a further risk of flight.”

Shawley’s 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.

“Mr. Shawley is as much a fixture in Milesburg as the statue in the middle of town,” Cooper said. “He’s not going anywhere.”

Shawley is scheduled for sentencing in the animal cruelty case in December. He now faces possible trial in the assault case.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter

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