Joshua Nelson

Joshua Nelson

Sandy Township – Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that charges have been filed against a New Millport man for the death of a Brown Street woman in August 2015. 

Shaw identified the defendant as Joshua Jeffrey Nelson, age 31, of New Millport, Pennsylvania. 

On September 13, 2016, Sergeant Rodney Fairman of the Sandy Township Police Department filed a criminal complaint charging Nelson with: 1) Criminal Homicide; 2) Aggravated Assault; 3) Simple Assault; 4) Burglary; 5) Resisting Arrest; 6) Theft by Unlawful Taking; 7) Receiving Stolen Property; 8) Driving with Suspended License; 9) Reckless Driving; and 10) Criminal Attempt. 

An affidavit filed by Fairman provides that on August 12, 2015 at approximately 12:30 p.m. the Sandy Township Police responded to a Brown Street residence for the report of a suspicious male.  While responding police received another dispatch for Brown Street indicating that a male caller reported that a vehicle struck his wife.  Upon arrival officers were notified of a male who was out of control.  Officers observed two citizens attempting to gain control of the male.  Officers then attempted to gain control of the male who was being combative with officers.  Following an altercation with officers, the male was taken into custody and taken to Penn Highlands DuBois for treatment.  Upon further investigation, it was learned that the male had stolen a vehicle from a Brown Street residence and fatally struck a female who was doing yard work.  Police further determined that the male had entered a separate residence and assaulted two separate females while fleeing the scene. A Pennsylvania State Police Accident Reconstructionist recovered the Event Data Recorder from the crashed vehicle and was able to determine that the vehicle experienced full acceleration prior to striking the victim.  Speed was calculated to be a range between 30 to 34 mph.  An autopsy determined the cause of death to be multiple blunt force injuries. 

Shaw reported that at the time of the incident Nelson was on probation for a 2013 Burglary.  On August 24, 2015, the Honorable Paul E. Cherry, revoked Nelson’s probation and sentenced him to a minimum of three years and a maximum of ten years in state prison.  Shaw stated that Nelson has been incarcerated since being taken into custody by the Sandy Township Police. 

Shaw noted that criminal charges were filed with District Magisterial Judge Patrick Ford and a summons will be issued for Nelson to be brought for a preliminary hearing.  Shaw anticipates the preliminary hearing to be scheduled in the near future. 

Shaw said he was extremely pleased with the manner in which this investigation was handled.  Shaw noted “this is a difficult case with several legal hurdles to overcome and the Sandy Township Police did an excellent job in their investigation to obtain important evidence that will support a prosecution.”  Shaw thanked Sergeant Rodney Fairman and the Sandy Township Police for their hard work and persistence in following through with this investigation.  Shaw also thanked the State Police and first responders who assisted at the scene. 

Anyone with knowledge or information about a crime is asked to call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (800)-376-4700. 

All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney web site at “www.ClearfieldDA.org” and selecting “Report A Crime”.   



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