Jury and judge find Pittsburgh man not guilty and guilty
A Pittsburgh man was found not guilty of receiving a stolen car in a mixed decision in which some verdicts were decided by the jury and others by the presiding judge.
On Monday, Chauntae Jeffries was found not guilty of one felony and one misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property by a jury and not guilty of summary charges of fraudulent use or removal of registration plates and driving on roadways laned for traffic by the court.
Jeffries was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of false ID to law enforcement by jurors and of driving while under suspension by the court.
The felony misdemeanor charge Jeffries was found not guilty of asserted that he had knowingly received a 2008 Nissan Xterra belonging to a Zelienople, Pa., car dealership. Other charges Jeffries was found not guilty of asserted he drove the stolen vehicle with an expired registration plate registered to a Jeep, received the same registration plate knowing it had been stolen and failed to drive within a single lane causing an accident.
However, jurors found him guilty of providing a false name, Joseph J. Grin, to law enforcement and the court found him guilty of driving while his license was under suspension.
President Judge Maureen Skerda presided.