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June 12, 2014

Man pleads guilty to assaulting correctional officer

DANVILLE – No jury trials are scheduled following pleas for aggravated assault of a correctional officer and for driving while driving under the influence.

Byron J. Bilby Jr., 24, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault of a correctional officer at the Montour County Jail.

Represented by Attorney Leslie Bryden, he initially planned to go to trial.

A total of 125 potential jurors received summons to appear for jury selection Tuesday.

Bilby was charged with assault of officer Richard Hoffman in the basement of the county jail Nov. 13. Following a church service he was allowed to attend with two other inmates, Hoffman proceeded to search Bilby before he would be returning to his cell.

Bilby handed his Bible to Hoffman who began to search him with Bilby punching him, flying across the hallway and breaking the commissary door. Correctional officer Jeff James responded to help Hoffman who was treated in Geisinger Medical Center for a black eye, lacerations to the face and a rib injury, Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren said.

Bilby will be sentenced July 9 by Judge Gary Norton.

Colton Koser, 22, of Danville, failed to appear for jury selection with Norton issuing a bench warrant for his arrest. Mahoning Township police charged him with driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Frank Mordan, 52, of Danville, appeared but his attorney was on vacation. His case was postponed.  Danville police charged Mordan with drug paraphernalia at the F.Q. Hartman Field and with stealing an air conditioner from the window of a woman confined to a wheelchair.

Carmen Colon-Canales entered a guilty plea to driving while under the influence of alcohol. Norton sentenced her to six months probation, fined her $300 and ordered her to attend highway safety school and to do 20 hours community service.

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