The first jury conviction under District Attorney Richard Goldinger’s “Not In My Backyard” initiative is being challenged by a Philadelphia man convicted of drug trafficking near Butler’s police station.
During a hearing presided over by Judge Timothy McCune on Monday, Thomas L. Tillman, 30, argued that the prosecution provided insufficient evidence to the jury during the trial Dec. 12 to convict him on charges of two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance — heroin and crack cocaine — and conspiracy to commit possession with intent to deliver.
Tillman was also convicted of two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana.
He was sentenced Jan. 18 to a total of 4½ to 15 years in a state correctional facility by McCune.
The motion for acquittal, filed Jan. 29, argues that the verdict was based on speculation alone, not on evidence presented during the proceeding.
Tillman’s attorney, public defender Charles Nedz, said “what we simply have is a man who is present at the scene where drugs are found.”
To learn more about the legal challenge to this drug conviction, read Tuesday’s Butler Eagle.