Shawn Christy manhunt

Law enforcement arrest Shawn Christy (in the middle) in 2018 after a five-day search in Richland County.

MANSFIELD -- Shawn Christy, the national fugitive apprehended in Richland County in September 2018 after a three-month chase, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

According to several published reports, Christy was sentenced Thursday U.S. District Judge Robert D. Mariani on a dozen federal convictions and will spend the next two decades behind bars.

In November 2019, a federal jury in Scranton, Penn., deliberated for about five hours in U.S. District Court before finding Christy, 28, guilty of making threats against President Donald Trump and then-Northampton County (Penn.) District Attorney John Morganelli, now a judge.

Shawn Christy

Shawn Christy

According to prosecutors, Christy posted Facebook threats against Trump and  Morganelli, writing “Keep it up Morganelli, I promise I’ll put a bullet in your head as soon as I put one in the head of President Donald J. Trump.”

Christy, who fashioned himself as a survivalist, fled Pennsylvania and led authorities on a manhunt across several starts and part of Canada, a chase that ended in Richland County.

He was found hiding in a Madison Township ravine, after an intense five-day manhunt across Richland County, and a three-month chase across the northeastern part of the United States and Canada.

Upon fleeing Pennsylvania, Christy led various law enforcement agencies through New York, Canada, West Virginia, Maryland and back into Pennsylvania before making his way to Ohio. 

Authorities said Christy stole a pickup truck in the early morning hours of Sept. 16 from Skitco Iron Works in Hazelton Township, Pennsylvania, and crashed the vehicle around 4:30 p.m. near the I-71 and Ohio 13 interchange.

Christy then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, triggering the local search.

Christy faced burglary and related charges in Luzerne County, for allegedly breaking into his uncle’s Butler Township home while he was on the lam. Those charges were later dropped.

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