Larry A. Hicks pleaded guilty today to one felony count of “Making A Materially False Written Statement,” and will receive four years probation for providing incorrect information on an application to purchase a handgun. As part of his plea agreement with prosecutors, Hicks surrendered his handgun and will have all other charges filed against him dismissed.

Hicks was represented in the case by the Beaver County Public Defenders Office.

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John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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JustICE
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JustICE

heres PROOF you cant trust the COPS the DISTRICT ATTORNEY or the JUDGES in beaver county :crap:

sd
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sd

JustICE, yeah, as long as it doesn’t pertain to the sheriff’s department !

Gerald Benyo
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Gerald Benyo

It would have been interesting if the 3 Hicks cases would have been brought before the Court or a Beaver County Jury for decisions. Between selective prosecution and notification issues (in the false statement to obtain gun permit case) and the problems with Mr. Hick’s arrest at Friendship Ridge (in the carrying without permit case) , there was a lot of ammunition to fire at the District Attorney’s cases. Pun intended.

It would have also been interesting to have a Beaver County Jury look at the form for gun purchase (in the case Mr. Hicks plead on) and make a decision as to whether there was any criminal intent to give false information by Mr. Hicks or whether there should be any conviction when Mr. Hicks cleared all of the background checks through the State before being issued a gun permit or being sold a firearm.

It would also have been interesting to have the Court rule on whether all of the evidence against Mr. Hicks was inadmissible as “fruit of the poisonous tree” based upon the initial arrest by the Sheriff’s Department at Friendship Ridge – which arrest led to the Beaver County Detective Bureau’s investigations leading to the filing of the 2nd and 3rd cases.

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

I thought you were his lawyer, no?

albatross
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albatross

Attorney Benyo (if this is in fact you)

Are you his defense attorney? Why didn’t you push for a jury trial if you were/are his counsel?

Had this been a proof positive case of illegal search it should have/would have been an open and shut case, right? Wouldn’t that have opened a new motion/suit for false accusations, and made asses of not only the prosecution, but the magistrate too; thus bringing to the forefront the speculated corruption that lies within our county judicial system?

Thanks in advance for your response.

Gerald Benyo
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Gerald Benyo

To answer some of the questions presented.

I represented Mr. Hicks on a pro bono basis. I did not receive any compensation for representing Mr. Hicks through his 3 Preliminary Hearings. Mr. Hicks was never asked for any The Hicks Legal Defense Fund collected a small amount of donations that went entirely for Mr. Hick’s bail.

After the Preliminary Hearing in the 3rd case, Mr. Hicks advised me that he believed the cases should have been dismissed and he did not want to go to Court anymore. Mr. Hicks then advised me he was going to the Public Defender for representation. Once the Public Defender advised me that Mr. Hicks had applied and was accepted for representation, I withdrew from his cases as he requested.

The Public Defender handled Mr. Hicks cases and the Plea Bargain was reached for probation. The Public Defender representing Mr. Hicks is an experienced criminal defense attorney and with the Plea Bargain there was a guarantee that Mr. Hicks would have 2 cases dismissed and receive probation on the 3rd.

I believe that good cause for suppression of all the evidence existed based upon the illegal stop and detention of Mr. Hicks at Friendship Ridge. Nothing would have been known of Mr. Hicks to cause an investigation by the Beaver County Detectives but for the interaction between the Sheriff’s Deputies and Mr. Hicks at Friendship Ridge – which charges were all dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office prior to the Preliminary Hearing. This decision would have been up to the Court to make if presented with Pre-Trial Motion For Suppression of Evidence.

Mary Ann Shaklee
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Mary Ann Shaklee

Public defender! Hah! And didn’t they do their usual fine job!

OhBrother
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OhBrother

So…Does this mean the “Liar” John Joe is off the hook now?

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

So, Mr. Hicks makes a false statement on a background check and it goes to court, but a Sheriff Deputy can make a false statement on a statement of charges, and nothing happens? WTF District Attorney! This is bullshit.