The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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October 22, 2013

Federal grand jury takes shot at shooting case

FARRELL — A Farrell man who was found not guilty by a jury in February of a gun charge has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges from the same incident.

Jashaad B. Coleman, 19, of 114 Spearman Ave., was indicted Oct. 15 on charges of aiding and abetting the possession with intent to distribute of 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and possession, use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

Coleman is being held in Mercer County Jail on other charges and is set to make his initial appearance in federal court Thursday.

Southwest Mercer County Regional police gave this account of the incident:

A patrolman stopped a sport-utility vehicle for suspended registration at 1:43 a.m. July 31, 2012, in the 1000 block of Emerson Avenue, Farrell.

As patrolman Scott Patterson dealt with the stop, he saw Coleman ride a bicycle by and “remain in close proximity” throughout the stop, police said.

Coleman was “associated with” the driver and a passenger in the SUV, police said.

Coleman rode away on Emerson toward Idaho Street. A minute later, shots rang out from that area, police said. After Southwest police and assistant Sharon police took cover, more shots were fired from Emerson and Hamilton, police said.

No one was hit by the bullets.

Police said they found Coleman’s bike at Emerson and Idaho, with two 9mm shell casings about two feet away. A third casing was found in the alley between Emerson and Hamilton, police said.

Coleman was charged by Southwest with aggravated assault and carrying a firearm without a license, and was tried on the firearms charge. Mercer County District Attorney Robert G. Kochems said at the time of the acquittal that the firearms charge was “our best case,” and prosecutors withdrew the other charges.

Coleman faces a sentence of 15 years to life if convicted of the federal charges, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Pittsburgh.

The federal indictment does not give any details about the possession of crack and Southwest made no mention of drugs in the criminal complaint.

Since his acquittal, Coleman has gotten into other trouble. In Mercer County Common Pleas Court, charges are pending that accuse Coleman of robbing a man at gunpoint of $30, a wallet and identification cards March 21 in the 900 block of Fruit Avenue, Farrell, and having a .22-caliber handgun and failing to cooperate with police at a house party June 16 in the 1100 block of Walnut Street, Farrell.

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