Man convicted of pistol whipping teen, victim needed reconstructive surgery

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A man accused of pistol whipping a 19-year-old at a Manheim Township park was convicted by a Lancaster County jury Tuesday.

According to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, 37-year-old Jeremy Alston was also convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

The jury deliberated for about 40 minutes before deciding the case.

On September 23, 2016, Alston arrived at the Neffsville Community Park, armed, for a pre-arranged fight involving his son and another teen, according to the DA's office.

When there, the DA's office says Alston pulled out the gun and pistol whipped the victim's face.

The victim testified about the incident, which resulted in facial fractures that require ongoing medical treatment. The injuries required three metal places, 19 screws, and 50 staples.

Alston will be sentenced after a background check. He had been free on bail, but County Judge Howard Knisely increased bail to $500,000 at the verdict.

Alston was also convicted of not having a license to carry a firearm and for reckless endangerment regarding a shot that was fired during the incident.

Alston, formerly of Chambersburg, was not convicted of misdemeanor counts of simple assault and terroristic threats.

Manheim Township police Officer Nelson Dejesus filed charges.

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