"The Daily Local (dailylocal.com), Serving Chester County, PA
Grand Jury: O'Neill Sr. used sham marriage to stay in U.S.
Federal indictment released Tuesday
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 7:07 AM EDT
By MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN, Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA — A federal grand jury on St. Patrick's Day added charges to the case against Sean O'Neill Sr., the Irish-born father of a Willistown teenager who shot and killed his friend during a party at the family's home.
The indictment released Tuesday alleges O'Neill entered into a "sham marriage" to obtain his green card to stay in the United States after coming here from Northern Ireland and that he later lied to authorities about being a U.S. citizen.
Federal authorities had already accused O'Neill of staying here illegally without informing authorities of his involvement with an IRA subgroup.
O'Neill had been scheduled to stand trial on weapons charges in May in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. It was not immediately clear what the new charges would do to that court date.
According to the superceding indictment, O'Neill, 49, was born in Coalisland, Northern Ireland. He came to the U.S. when he was 23 after having served time in a Northern Ireland prison for his involvement with Fianna na h'Eireann, a youth group associated with the IRA."
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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA
I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.