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December 10, 2012

Wheelchair-bound victim in home invasion irked by delays

SUNBURY — A Northumberland man who is free on bail in a 2005 home invasion was in Northumberland County Court briefly Monday before yet another scheduling conflict arose, leaving the victim, a wheelchair-bound Paxinos man, frustrated.

“I’ve been in court more times than this man has been in jail,” James Honecker, 55, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, said Monday after President Judge Robert Sacavage ordered a continuance on a pretrial motion hearing for Erik Harrington, 23, of Northumberland.

Several witnesses against Harrington sat in the courthouse waiting for their chance to testify. One of them was Shamokin District Judge John Gembic.

The hearing was scheduled for 11 a.m., but an earlier hearing lasting longer than expected and that put a strain on the schedules of Sacavage, who had several hearings to conduct Monday, and defense attorney Peter Campana, of Williamsport.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Toomey, who is prosecuting the case, tried to get the hearing moved to later in the day because the witnesses were in attendance, but Sacavage ordered the continuance. No new date was set.

The case began in July 2005 when state police at Stonington said Harrington, who was released from jail on $50,000 bail last month, co-defendant Kasey Sees, of Sunbury, and two others, all wearing dark clothing, hats and bandanas across their faces, entered Honecker’s home at 1:30 a.m. and held Honecker at gunpoint in his living room while threatening to kill him.

The four demanded money, ransacked the house and stole 12 rifles and shotguns, knives, ammunition, cash, jewelry, an amplifier and prescription narcotics with a total value of $5,590, according to court documents. Police said the culprits caused about $300 in damage by pulling telephone cords from the wall and damaging two television sets.

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