District attorney refuses to prosecute Shamokin mayor on grave desecration charges

SHAMOKIN — The Shamokin mayor will not be prosecuted on charges he disturbed gravesites during the construction of a cell phone tower.

Northumberland County District Attorney Tony Matulewicz has announced he has asked Shamokin police to withdraw all 42 counts against Mayor William Milbrand who was charged as president of Shamokin Cemetery Co.

There is a lack of probable cause Milbrand knowingly desecrated the gravesites between July 25 and Aug. 5 as charged, Matulewicz said.

The decision not to prosecute is the result of an investigation by chief County Detective Degg Stark that included multiple interviews and site visits, he said.

“Accidental or even negligent damage is not deemed to be criminal activity by Pennsylvania law,” he said. “The damage may be civil in nature rather than criminal.”

Milbrand said Sunday he is “very pleased” with the outcome of the case and was…

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