VERDICT: Jury Convicts Man of Pistol-Whipping Teen, Causing Facial Fractures, Reconstructive Surgery

A Lancaster County jury convicted a man Tuesday of pistol-whipping a 19-year-old man at a Manheim Township park in 2016.

Jeremy T. Alston, 37, also was convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment regarding the Sept. 23, 2016, incident at Neffsville Community Park.

The jury deliberated about 40 minutes before deciding the case Tuesday morning.

Alston will be sentenced after a background check. At the verdict, County Judge Howard Knisely increased Alston’s bail to $500,000. Alston, who had been free on bail, was escorted from the courtroom in handcuffs.

Assistant District Attorneys Travis S. Anderson and Caitlin Blazier presented evidence at the two-day trial that Alston showed up, armed, at the park for a pre-arranged fight involving his son and another teen.

Alston pulled the gun then pistol-whipped the victim’s face.

The victim testified about the incident which resulted in facial fractures and ongoing medical treatment. The injuries required three metal plates, 19 screws and 50 staples.

Alston also was convicted of not having a license to carry a firearm, and for reckless endangerment regarding a shot that was fired into the macadam during the incident.

Alston, formerly of Chambersburg, was not convicted of misdemeanor counts of simple assault and terroristic threats.

Manheim Township police Officer Nelson Dejesus filed charges.

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