Hundreds of criminal counts dropped against ex-Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed

Stephen Reed
FILE - In this March 15, 2004 file photo, Harrisburg Mayor Stephen R. Reed stands in front of the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, Pa. Reed was charged Tuesday, July 14, 2015, with hundreds of counts of corruption after an investigation of city finances during his 28 years in office. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A judge has ordered the dismissal of 305 of the 449 charges against former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed.

Senior Judge Kevin Hess’ ruling on Monday comes after Reed was charged with nearly 500 counts of theft, receiving stolen property, bribery and other charges in July.

The state attorney general’s office says Reed illegally used public bond proceeds to buy thousands of artifacts and memorabilia for a planned Wild West and other museums.

The crimes were allegedly committed between December 1990 and January 2010.

Hess sided with Reed’s attorneys on the grounds that the statute of limitations had expired on the counts.

Hess left intact charges that stemmed from investigators finding some of the items in Reed’s home or a separate storage facility, and his alleged attempts to sell at least 20 city-owned firearms on consignment.

The state attorney general’s office couldn’t say immediately whether it would appeal. A trial date hasn’t been scheduled.

The Associated Press has contributed to this article.

2 thoughts on “Hundreds of criminal counts dropped against ex-Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s