City man takes issue with trial, claims perjury
Woomer sentenced for corruption of minors
HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man convicted two months ago on misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors is continuing to take issue with his trial and related legal proceedings.
Adam J. Woomer, 37, who should be released soon from Blair County Prison and possibly transported to New York to address a parole violation, presented multiple complaints in court on Thursday.
“There was perjury in this case,” Woomer told Judge Daniel J. Milliron, who presided over Woomer’s jury trial and was preparing to sentence Woomer. “But the court didn’t care about perjury,” Woomer said.
Milliron, after allowing Woomer to air his complaints, handed down a sentence of six- to 12-months incarceration and $750 in fines. Woomer will be credited for time served, and because he’s been in prison since his Feb. 28, 2018, arrest, his release is pending.
Milliron directed Woomer’s court-appointed attorney, Scott N. Pletcher, to work with the prison personnel on contacting New York authorities about possibly releasing Woomer into their custody. Woomer has a prior conviction in New York so his Blair County convictions may be judged as a parole violation and lead to resentencing in New York.
Assistant District Attorney Derek Elensky asked Milliron to consider imposing consecutive sentences on the pair of misdemeanor convictions. Had Milliron done that, the sentence would have been longer.
“He took advantage of a kid who ended up naked in a motel room,” Elensky said.
Altoona police found a 16-year-old male in Woomer’s motel apartment in Greenwood after the teenager’s parents reported him to be missing and possibly with Woomer. Upon finding the teen, police deemed him to be extremely intoxicated, so they summoned an ambulance when they couldn’t revive him.
Woomer testified during the trial that he thought the youth was a 21-year-old collegian because that’s the information the youth posted on Grindr, an online gay dating network.
The jury that heard the case acquitted Woomer on a felony charge of interfering with the custody of a child. Milliron referenced that acquittal when he told Woomer that his request to fire Pletcher had no merit.
Woomer also attempted, near the beginning of the sentencing hearing, to explain the reasons behind his requests for extraordinary relief as outlined in a recent document he filed with the court.
“Let me give you some advice,” Milliron said to Woomer, who quickly replied: “I don’t want your advice.”
Milliron subsequently proceeded with the sentencing hearing.
Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.