By Joe Beck
A bench trial for Sean Thomas Hall was scheduled Thursday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court where he will face charges stemming from a home invasion of an 83-year-old Strasburg woman.
Hall, 22, of 715 Capon Road, Strasburg, waived his right to a jury trial and chose instead to present his case before Judge Thomas Wilson IV at 9 a.m. Oct. 28.
"We're going to find a date to get this thing tried," Wilson said after hearing Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lou Campola state that meeting the legal requirement for a speedy trial meant setting a date in the near future.
Authorities say Hall broke into the home of Eleanor Miller of South Funk Street in the early morning hours of March 29. He tied her up, covered her head and ransacked the home for more than an hour, according to police reports.
Police say they arrested Hall at his home about two weeks later and took him to the police station, where he gave a partial confession.
The list of charges filed against Hall includes two burglary-related counts, abduction by force, stealing property with intent to sell, grand larceny and embezzlement.
Authorities say Hall entered the home twice, once on the night Miller was tied up and on Jan. 8.
Police Chief Tim Sutherly said at the time of Hall's arrest that the defendant knew Miller for years and had coming to her home to perform chores since he was a child.
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