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.