By Eunette Gentry
Shawn McNally – the local man arrested on May 8, 2018 and charged with “Exploitation of an Older Person” and another drug related charge – was recently in court for his “Formal Arraignment”. McNally is suspected of taking financial advantage of an elderly male – who says McNally, over time, “would harass, intimidate, threaten, bully and manipulate [the victim] into giving him more than $100,000”. McNally “had [even] been driving” the elderly victim’s “red Ford Fusion”. That man told police that when he “attempted to turn [McNally] down [after requesting money, McNally] ‘blew up’ and threatened [that] he would (sue) [and] take [the victim’s] car, his house and everything he owned”. The victim also says McNally “instructed him to open [a] joint [bank] account, to ‘show’ they had a ‘relationship’ with each other”. The victim says “he had only deposited [money] into the account [– more than 11-thousand dollars –]…and he never took any money out.” However, the “current balance” on that account is now only about two-hundred dollars. Police suspect McNally is behind these financial schemes. Officers say when they questioned him, McNally admitted that he has a “$100 a-day heroin addiction”…and that he mixes it with meth and marijuana…to ‘function’”. During McNally’s initial court date for this case, the Prosecutor “made an oral motion for a No Contact Order with the alleged victim, to include no third party contact. [The] court granted The State’s motion and ordered from this point forward the defendant is to have no contact, including no third party contact, with the victim. [McNally] acknowledged [the order. Then,] the court set a Pre-Trial Hearing for July 25th.” McNally currently has an “Active Cash Bail or Bond: $15,000”.