Northumberland County Courthouse

Northumberland County Courthouse in Sunbury.

SUNBURY — It took a jury comprised of eight women and four men less than an hour Wednesday to convict former Shamokin Councilman Joseph J. Leschinskie Jr. of a misdemeanor of using an audio or video device in court.

The 38-year-old Leschinskie, who was represented by court-appointed attorney Michael O’Donnell, will be sentenced at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, by Senior Judge Harold E. Woelfel Jr., who presided at the one-day trial. Woelfel dismissed additional misdemeanors of disorderly conduct and obstructing administration of the law during a sidebar with O’Donnell and Assistant District Attorney David Alberston after the commonwealth rested its case. The judge made the ruling due to lack of evidence presented at trial on the charges.

Mark Gilger can be reached at 570-644-6397 ext. 1336 or

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