Newman guilty on seven charges

Jury fails to reach verdict on attempted homicide

Joseph Newman Jr.

LOCK HAVEN — At 8:40 last night, Joseph J. Newman Jr., 44, of Mill Hall, was found guilty on seven charges in connection with an altercation on the streets of Mill Hall on Aug. 22, 2016.

The jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on the most serious charge — attempted homicide — which was then dismissed by Judge Michael Salisbury.

Guilty verdicts were declared for charges of aggravated assault serious bodily harm, aggravated assault with deadly weapon, carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault bodily injury, simple assault physical menace, reckless endangerment and person not to possess a firearm.

On one other charge — terroristic threats — the jury found Newman not guilty.

The verdicts came down after a two-day trial that saw more than a dozen witnesses take the stand and testify about the incident which included fighting and gunshots fired on Main Street in Mill Hall.

Newman was accused of pointing a pistol in Gary Lucas’ face and pulling the trigger; the bullet barely missed Lucas’ head, according to testimony.

Immediately after the verdicts were read, Judge Salisbury revoked Newman’s bail and he was transported to the Clinton County Correctional Facility.

Sentencing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13.

Judge Salisbury thanked the jurors for their service and they were dismissed.