Shenandoah Trial: Mixed Verdict in Cops Trial

WILKES-BARRE, Penn.—A federal jury found guilty two of the three former policemen charged with hindering the investigation of the 2008 homicide of an undocumented immigrant.

Former chief Matthew Nestor was found guilty of aiding and abetting the obstruction of justice by filing false police reports, and could spend up to 20 years in prison.

The jury also found former Lt. William Moyer of lying to the FBI, crime punishable with up to five years in prison.

Former police officer Jason Hayes was acquitted of all charges against him. Smiling and holding hands with his fiancée, Tammy Piekarsky, Hayes said that he had already applied for his old job at the Shenandoah Police Department.

Judge Richard A. Caputo let go the two men found guilty pending their sentencing on April 29.

This latest verdict brings to an end the series of trials stemming from the beating death of Luis Eduardo Ramírez Zavala on July 12, 2008.

Last October, a federal jury in Scranton, Penn., found Brandon Brandon J. Piekarsky and Derrick M. Donchak guilty of committing a hate crime and violating Ramirez’ civil rights. Their sentencing is scheduled for Februray 23.


About Gustavo Martínez Contreras

was born in Texas, brewed in Mexico City, seasoned in the Mexico-United States border, aged walking the streets of Philadelphia. He had a short-lived stint eating grits, fried chicken, and peaches in Atlanta. He later became a béisbol writer for El Diario de Nueva York. He has written about immigrant communities in English, Spanish, and some Spanglish. Although he does not have a shelf full of awards, Gustavo has received thank you notes and hugs from people who have trusted him with their stories. His work has appeared in Voices of New York, El Diario/La Prensa, Dallas’ Al Día, The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, Philadelphia Weekly, Radio Bilingüe, Latina Lista,, among others. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
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