Clarion jury convicts man who didn’t return for end of trial

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By RODNEY L. SHERMAN
Staff writer

CLARION – A Rimersburg man was convicted this week by a Clarion County jury of 47 of the 48 counts against him, but the man wasn’t around to hear the verdicts.

Terry McIntyre, 53, returned home Monday following the second day of his trial. At some point Monday night, he allegedly cut an ankle monitor from his leg and fled from the area.

The trial proceeded without McIntyre, and on Tuesday jurors convicted him on 23 felony counts of criminal solicitation to possess methamphetamine, 17 felony counts of possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, two felony counts of manufacturing methamphetamine with children present, one felony count each of manufacturing a controlled substance, operation of a methamphetamine lab and conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, and two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment of another person.

He was found not guilty of illegally dumping methamphetamine waste.

Clarion County District Attorney Mark T. Aaron prosecuted the case, and assistant DA Jacqueline Mizerock also participated.

“Hopefully, this prosecution and the sentence in this case will deter the production of methamphetamine in Clarion County,” Aaron said.

McIntyre will be sentenced at a later date.

For now, McIntyre is considered a fugitive from justice, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Additional charges related to his failure to appear for trial are pending.