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Township supervisor convicted of stealing sheep could lose job

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The Dauphin County District Attorney's Office is taking action to remove a Conewago Township supervisor from office following his conviction for stealing sheep.

Jay M. Brandt, 66, was found guilty Tuesday of theft by unlawful taking during a trial in Dauphin County Court.  The charge is a misdemeanor.

A jury found Brandt stole 16 sheep from a neighbor, sold the animals for more than $1,000, and had the money sent to his sister.

Prosecutors sought a $10,000 fine, but the court imposed a sentence of costs and a $50 fine.

The Pennsylvania Constitution bars any person convicted of an infamous crime, such as theft, from holding public office.

"There is wisdom in the law that a person convicted of theft shouldn't hold public office. It is very specific, " First Deputy District Attorney Fran Chardo said.

On Tuesday, abc27 spoke with Brandt on his 200+ acre dairy farm. He said this was part of an ongoing feud with his neighbor.

"I feel that I never should have been charged in the first place," Brandt said. "Yes, I loaded the sheep out of my barn. They've been here 80 percent of the time for six months."

"I told them that I took them and sold them, but I thought that I had justification for doing that. I didn't think it was breaking the law," Brandt said.

Brandt has been a supervisor for 36 years. He is up for reelection in November and will remain on the ballot.

He has 20 days to respond to the filing by the district attorney's office.


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