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Ex-soldier admits resisting, OK'd for vet's court

A 25-year-old Army veteran facing a felony resisting arrest charge in Adams County will be transferred to a veteran's court in Delaware County.

Justin York had a hearing Monday afternoon in Adams Superior Court where he entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of misdemeanor resisting arrest. As part of an agreement, he will go into inpatient treatment through the veteran's court and will be on probation for 18 months, or however long it takes him to complete the Delaware County program.

Police were called to York's home in December after he and his mother argued. York, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, had a handgun in his back pocket, which he pulled out and showed officers to be unloaded. At one point, though, the officers, who had taken possession of the handgun, reported York turned toward them in an aggressive manner.

York was on the wrong end of a Taser shot and taken to Adams County Jail, where he has remained since. As his case wound through the legal system, York said he begged Adams County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tracy Heltz Noetzel to let him transfer from Adams County Superior Court to Delaware County's Veterans Court.

In that court, described as a problem-solving court, York can get treatment for PTSD. These types of courts have been popping up in other jurisdictions across the country.

In a hearing last week, Heltz Noetzel said she was not willing to negotiate the transfer to the specialized court unless York withdrew his request for a speedy trial.

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