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Bail set for Pa. man whose conviction was overturned

February 05, 2007|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Bail has been set for a Chambersburg man whose conviction for allegedly battering his wife with an angel figurine was overturned last year by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Franklin County Judge Richard J. Walsh set bail at $40,000 for 52-year-old Thomas Lee Amerson. At a recent bail modification hearing, Amerson's attorney Eric Weisbrod requested an unsecured bond, while Assistant District Attorney Jeremiah Zook asked the judge for $150,000 cash bail.

The Superior Court overturned Thomas Amerson's 2005 conviction for aggravated assault and terroristic threats, citing his trial attorney's failure to request that the jury be instructed that it could consider convicting him of simple assault.

The court found "without legal merit" Amerson's other argument that there was insufficient evidence to convict him of aggravated assault.

Karen Amerson testified at the Jan. 23 bail hearing that she still feared her former husband, who had been sentenced to 23 months to 15 years in state prison for aggravated assault and terroristic threats. The assault took place at their South Main Street home on Dec. 11, 2003, according to Chambersburg police records.

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Including time he spent in the county jail and under house arrest before his trial and sentencing, as well as in state prison, Amerson served enough of the sentence to be eligible to seek parole. Because the case was overturned, however, jurisdiction was returned to the county.

"We have a track record for Thomas Amerson and we have precious little if any evidence that it has been anything but flawless," Walsh wrote in his order. At the hearing, Amerson testified that he has not had any contact with Karen Amerson since the incident took place.

Conditions of bail set by Walsh require that Amerson be fitted with a global positioning system or electronic monitor while awaiting trial; that he not consume alcohol or drugs; that he cannot possess firearms; and that he have no contact with his ex-wife.

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