The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


February 21, 2013

Jurors give split verdict on state prison guard assaults

SUNBURY — SUNBURY - After more than 20 hours of testimony, a 22-year-old state prisoner who lacks a high school diploma and who represented himself in Northumberland County Court, convinced a jury to acquit him of five of six charges after he said he was defending himself when being attacked by guards.

While the jury convicted Dashaun Jamison, of York, of one count of aggravated assault for a November 2010 incident at the State Correctional Institution at Coal Township, one by one jurors said they were impressed with how he presented his case.

“I took on the Northumberland County district attorney’s office,” Jamison said after the 11 p.m. verdict on Tuesday, “and I won.”

Jamison, an inmate at Northumberland County Prison, does not have a law degree.

“The guy was great,” said an alternate juror, who declined to give her name. “He was so well-spoken.”

Jamison was charged by state police at Stonington with two felony counts of aggravated assault and two of attempted aggravated assault. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault after two prison guards were taken to a hospital following a November 2010 incident at the State Correctional Institution at Coal Township.

He was found guilty of one of the aggravated assaults, a decision for which some jurors actually apologized.

“I’ll appeal that one because I don’t think the jury understood completely,” Jamison said. “(The jury) did a great job, though.”

Jamison insisted he was being mistreated and set up to get beaten by prison guards. He said was defending himself in striking the guards.

The incident was caught on video surveillance and played throughout the trial.

Jamison strolled around the courtroom and asked each of the state’s witnesses question after question, even badgering a state police detective.

The surveillance shows Jamison and guards in a fistfight as well as Jamison being overpowered and placed inside a holding cell.

Jamison, who was housed in the Restrictive Housing Unit at SCI Coal Township in 2010, was locked in his cell 23 of 24 hours a day.

No cell door is opened unless there is a reason, Jamison told jurors.

“They open for showers, recreational time and other cases, but it isn’t something that is done without guards knowing,” he said.

On Nov. 18, 2010, Jamison’s cell door was “popped” open and a beating was about to be delivered, Jamison said.

Text Only
  • milehill16a.jpg SUV tumbles down hill, trapping driver

    SUNBURY — A driver was injured Tuesday night when his SUV careened off Mile Hill Road and down a steep 20-foot embankment, knocking over trees until it crashed and twisted around a large tree trunk.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • DEA packet compares school scores, salaries

    DANVLLE — Members of the Danville Education Association are circulating a pamphlet as part of their planned strike on Thursday.

    Click Here to see the pamphlet

    April 16, 2014

  • Snyder DA says email security breach could be a crime

    MIDDLEBURG — Even though acting Midd-West Superintendent Daphne Snook may not have broken school policy by monitoring district emails, Valley legal experts say she still may have broken the law.

    April 16, 2014

  • Midd-West board feels backlash

    April 16, 2014

  • Good Morning Central Susquehanna Valley

    Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year. On April 16, 1964, The Rolling Stones’ first album, eponymously titled “The Rolling Stones,” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records (a slightly different version debuted in the United States a month and a-half later).

    April 16, 2014

  • Donkey basketball draws 600, raises $1,800

    SUNBURY — The Shikellamy Fieldhouse was loud and rocking Tuesday night as Shikellamy High School students took on the Valley All-Stars in a donkey basketball fundraiser to benefit Newspapers in Education.

    April 15, 2014

  • mail16a.jpg Post Offices busy just before today's tax deadline

    SUNBURY — Bill Shambach plopped his three envelopes addressed to tax collectors on the counter of the Post Office on North Third Street at 12:15 p.m. this afternoon — four hours before the office closed for the day.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Guzzardi_Bob.png Governor's Republican opponent remains on primary ballot

    HARRISBURG — A Pennsylvania state judge has ruled that a Republican gubernatorial candidate can stay on the May 20 primary ballot as the lone challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Suspect in Kansas shootings faces murder charges

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.

    April 15, 2014

  • Woman found in attic dies following house fire

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Pennsylvania say fire claimed the life of a woman overnight.
    Officials in Luzerne County say crews were called to the Wilkes-Barre residence just before 11:30 p.m. Monday.

    April 15, 2014

The Daily Marquee

Are you among those who will be completing and mailing your tax forms today?

No - Already Filed
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.