THE MOUNTAIN of evidence that Philadelphia prosecutors had against the defendants arrested in the brazenly barbaric shooting of a SEPTA bus last June appears to have scared two more of the accused from going to trial.
Lawrence Rahyle, 19, and Keith Mup Bellamy, 23, pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted murder and a battery of related counts instead of beginning their joint trial in Common Pleas Court.
If a jury had convicted them on all charges, each could have been sentenced to hundreds of years in prison, said Judge Willis W. Berry Jr., who sentenced Rahyle to four to 10 years in prison and five years' probation. He sentenced Bellamy to 7?1/2 to 15 years in prison. Both sentences were negotiated with the District Attorney's Office.