Lancaster Man sentenced to 2 -1/2 years

A Lancaster County man has appealed a verdict in Lancaster District Court after being convicted of misdemeanor assault. James T. Kessler of Cox’s Farm Road was found guilty on Wednesday September 3rd and sentenced to 12 months in jail.

The charge stems from an altercation at Pelican’s at the Point Restaurant at Windmill Point on July 19th. The appeal will be heard in Lancaster Circuit Court on October 24th. An additional charge of felony malicious wounding stemming from the same altercation was certified to the Grand Jury.

In other business before the court, Kessler was found guilty of several traffic offenses including driving a motorcycle without endorsement, speeding, reckless driving and misdemeanor eluding police. He was also found guilty of public swearing and intoxication in connection with the altercation at Pelican’s.

The convictions resulted in Kessler being sentenced to a total of 18 months in jail, in addition to the appealed 12 month sentence for misdemeanor assault. Kessler must also pay a total of $2,446 in fines and $267 in court costs.