WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced that Timothy Shoates, age 39 of Bellefonte, PA, was convicted by a jury of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with a 2019 incident at the Microtel Inn & Suites in West Goshen.
District Attorney Deb Ryan said, “The outstanding investigative efforts of the West Goshen Police Department are what led to this dangerous defendant being taken off the streets. At a time when law enforcement is under tremendous scrutiny, Chester County residents should take pride in knowing that good policing and good police officers are part of their community.”
On December 6, 2019, West Goshen Police responded to a 911 call from a male stating he was in a hotel room and several people with guns were banging on the door. When police arrived, the defendant and an acquaintance were inside the room. They reported that people with guns had been following them and were banging on the door.
Police noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the room and asked if they could search the room. They recovered marijuana and a loaded semi-automatic pistol with an altered serial number. Both the defendant and the acquaintance were taken into custody. A further search of the room uncovered 16 bags of marijuana and 75 Ecstasy pills.
At trial, the defendant claimed the gun and drugs were not his despite photos and videos that showed him with the items. He will be sentenced at a later date.
West Goshen Police investigated the case and Assistant District Attorneys Alexis Shaw and Theresa Kapp were the assigned prosecutors. The case was tried before the Honorable Analisa Sondergaard.
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