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John Heaney III guilty of involuntary manslaughter in death of 2 motorcyclists

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 11 2012 10:29:07 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 12 2012 06:54:58 AM CST

Heaney found not guilty on most serious charges

EASTON, Pa. -

A jury in Northampton County has reached a verdict in the trial of a former police officer accused of causing an accident that killed two motorcyclists.

John Heaney III was found not guilty of the most serious charge against him but he was convicted on other charges including involuntary manslaughter.

Heaney was acquitted of DUI and homicide by vehicle in the deaths of Keith Michaelson and Michael Zodoyko.

He was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and being incapable of safe driving.

Heaney was the driver of a pickup truck that ran into a motorcycle procession on Route 512 in Bangor in July.

Heaney admitted to having one beer while he was out fishing before the accident, but his lawyer argued a hypoglycemia attack caused him to lose control of his vehicle.

Heaney was a retired police officer formerly on the Plainfield Twp.,Warren County  force.

Sentencing is set for January 14 at 9 a.m.