Nitsos Convicted after Jury Trial

Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer, McKean County District Attorney, reports that, following a jury trial on May 10, 2022, James Nitsos was convicted of several drug crimes and running from law enforcement.

Nitsos was wanted by State Parole when he was observed within the City of Bradford by a resident on December 18, 2020, who notified police of his whereabouts.  

Former City of Bradford Police Officer (and current State Trooper) Richard Obermeyer responded and attempted to make contact with Nitsos, but Nitsos ignored the Officer and took off on foot with the Officer giving chase.  The Officer radioed other Officers who joined in the effort to take Nitsos into custody.  They apprehended him after a short chase.  

When the defendant was apprehended, he was found to have cocaine, methamphetamine, numerous pills, and a digital scale.  

Nitsos was charged and convicted of the following:  Flight to Avoid Apprehension (Felony 3); 2 counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine and cocaine); 1 count of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Counterfeit  Controlled Substance (Etizolam with markings to look like Xanax) (Felony); Conspiracy Possession with Intent to Deliver (Felony); Possession of a Controlled Substance (misdemeanor); and Possession of Paraphernalia (misdemeanor).  

The case was investigation by Trooper Obermeyer and City Officer Shaun McDonald and was prosecuted by District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shaffer.  A date has not been set for sentencing. Nitsos is incarcerated at the McKean County Jail.