Franklin Man Accused of Sending Threatening Letters to Officials Found Not Guilty

| September 22, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A Franklin man who was accused of sending threatening letters to several officials and others Venango County residents last fall has been found not guilty on all charges.

According to court documents, during a jury trial that ran from Monday, September 16, to Thursday, September 19, 62-year-old Nicholas Joel Borgia was found not guilty on the following charges:

– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)
– Stalking – Repeatedly Communicate To Cause Fear, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Harassment – Communicate Repeatedly in Anonymous Manner, Misdemeanor 3 (six counts)

In an earlier court proceeding, three charges were “dismissed by information.”

The following charges against Borgia were dismissed on Monday, December 17, 2018:

– Retaliation Against Prosecutor or Judicial Official, Felony 2
– Retaliation For Past Official Action, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)

According to Borgia’s attorney, Marco Attisano, of Pittsburgh, the charges were dismissed due to not being appropriate for the accusations.

“If you look at the statute and the case law, the allegations made don’t add up to the charges,” Attisano told in an earlier article.

“The charges talk about harm and the law is very clear what it means by harm, and it means physical harm. And there was never any allegation of physical harm. He should have never had to face a felony charge; there’s no basis in law for it.”

Attisano also noted that Borgia has maintained his innocence from the beginning of the investigation and continues to maintain his innocence.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, threatening letters were sent to Judge Robert Boyer, District Attorney Shawn White, Venango County Commissioner Albert Anthony Abramovic, two known lawyers, as well as other Venango County residents who were connected in some manner to Borgia.

Borgia was arraigned at 9:05 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018, in Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland’s office.

Court documents indicate that Borgia was denied bail. The bail action reason was listed: “Danger to others. Will not comply with bail conditions.”

Borgia was released from the Venango County Jail and granted house arrest with electronic monitoring on Wednesday, November 28.


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