A Philadelphia judge on Monday imposed 13 death sentences on Kaboni Savage, sending the former drug kingpin off to await an execution that almost certainly is years away, if it happens at all.
Flanked by his lawyers and two federal marshals, Savage declined a final opportunity from U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick to say anything about his trial, sentence, or the murderous history that made him one of the city's most notorious criminals.
Within two weeks, his court-appointed attorneys, Christian Hoey and William Purpura, are expected to take the first formal steps to overturn his sentence or conviction.
The 10-minute hearing Monday was a formality after a jury Friday unanimously recommended the death penalty for each of the 12 murders Savage committed or directed between 1998 and 2004 and for a separate conviction of witness retaliation. That stemmed from the 2004 firebombing in North Philadelphia that killed six relatives of Eugene Coleman, a witness prepared to testify against Savage.