Sentencing is scheduled for May. Gassew, who has been in federal custody since his arrest in January 2010, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years in prison.
Coach waives bail
Ivan Pravilov, 49, a Ukrainian hockey coach who allegedly fondled an underage boy in East Mount Airy, has been ordered to remain in custody after waiving bail in federal magistrate court while he awaits trial on sex-tourism charges.
Federal prosecutors said that Pravilov, who ran hockey camps and clinics in the northeastern United States, also allegedly threatened another underage boy who witnessed the incident. Pravilov, who moved to the U.S. in 2007, was indicted by a federal grand jury Jan. 26. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The indictment said that Pravilov and a 14-year-old boy spent the night together Jan. 3 and into the following morning at an apartment. On that night, he allegedly touched the boy's genitals and placed the boy's hand on his own genitals.
Trial for teen in killing
Daniel Shelley, a teenager arrested in October in the fatal shooting of a mother of four, was ordered held for trial yesterday.
Shelley, 19, is accused of murdering Hafeezah Nunrid-Din, 31, on Oct. 8 on Malvern Avenue near 58th Street, in Overbrook. He turned himself in Oct. 11 and was charged with murder and related firearms offenses.
Nunrid-Din, who owned a day-care center on 63rd Street, was shot while she and her father were getting into a car, police said. Shelley, who rode up on a bicycle, fired 10 rounds at a group of men from a different neighborhood, but instead hit Nunrid-Din twice in the back, cops said.
Deportation panel set
A panel discussion on the deportation of the Cambodian-refugee community will be held Saturday at the Sheraton Philadelphia University City, 36th and Chestnut streets, with welcoming remarks by Councilman James Kenney, who favors ending the deportation of refugees who have served sentences for crimes.
The discussion, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, will feature First Assistant District Attorney Ed McCann, who will speak on the deportation consequences of criminal convictions; Immigration Court Judge Steven Morley; Rorng Sorn, executive director of the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia; and Helen Gym, board member of Asian Americans United, among others.
The panel, co-sponsored by the One Love Movement, is part of the University of Pennsylvania's Asian Pacific American Law Students Association's annual conference. To register, visit: www.pennapalsa.org/conference/home. The cost for the One Love Panel is $15.
- Staff and wire reports