Attempted murder charges dismissed against man caught with loaded gun after breaking into parents’ house in York

YORK – Two counts of attempted first degree murder against Jonah M. Jewell, 22, have been dismissed. He was charged after being caught with a loaded gun after allegedly breaking into his parents’ home in York and making threats against their lives.

Jewell appeared in York County District Court Monday morning, March 25.

The prosecution dismissed the two attempted first-degree murder charges, both Class 2 felonies.

Jewell then pleaded not guilty to possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, a Class 2 felony; and two counts of terroristic threats, both Class 3A felonies.

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.

A jury trial has been scheduled for mid-summer in the York County District Court.

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