Arraignment held for man accused of attempting to kill his parents in York

YORK – Arraignment proceedings were held in York County District Court Monday morning, March 11, for Jonah M. Jewell, 22, who is accused of attempting to kill his parents in York after threatening to do so and breaking into their home.

This case was filed in York County District Court rather than first being filed with York County Court, which is why arraignment proceedings in York County District Court took place so soon after Jewell’s arrest on March 4.

Jewell, who remains in the York County Jail on a $100,000, 10% bond, was brought to the district courtroom Monday morning. He appeared without an attorney.

According to the York Police Department, which investigated this case, “On March 4, officers with the YPD responded to a report of a possible burglary in the 1300 block of Meadow Lane in York. The residents were not home at the time of the burglary, but from video surveillance, they observed someone exit the front door of their home.

“The first responding police officer observed supporting physical evidence at the house; therefore, a search of the residence was conducted and no one was located. During this same time, digital evidence from the residence indicated the suspect had left prior to the officer’s arrival. The digital evidence also identified the suspect as Jonah Jewell as well as a description of the vehicle he left in. A few minutes later, he was located by a deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Department and was detained a short distance from the residence.”

During the investigation, officers learned he had been sending threatening text messages to a family member, stating he was going to kill that person. Physical evidence, to include a loaded firearm and statements made by Jewell revealed he had threatened and was intending to kill family members who resided at the house he broke into, according to the YPD.

During court proceedings Monday, Judge James Stecker asked Jewell if he understood what was happening and Jewell said he did.

Jewell also asked for the information to be read aloud, which was read into the record by Deputy York County Attorney Nate Heinz.

Jewell has been charged with the following:

  • Attempted first degree murder, a Class 2 felony;
  • Attempted first degree murder, a Class 2 felony;
  • Possession of a deadly weapon (handgun) during the commission of a felony, a Class 2 felony;
  • Terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony;
  • Terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony.

Jewell showed no emotion during the reading of the information.

He asked for a preliminary hearing, which was granted by Judge Stecker. The preliminary hearing will be held in York County Court at 4 p.m., on March 27.

Jewell also asked for a court appointed attorney, saying he could not afford to hire counsel on his own. Upon review of his financial affidavit, Judge Stecker granted the request and the York County Public Defender’s office was assigned to the case.

Jewell was taken back to the York County Jail where he remains in custody.

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