Soon after Scott took off, three gunmen strolled into the posh apartment building and killed Thal, a Center City event planner turned drug dealer, and her friend Gilmore, who had driven a haul of drugs up from Texas. The gunmen left behind $100,000 and nearly nine pounds of cocaine in the botched robbery.
"They found someone else to go in with them, and now they are all doing life without parole," Minehart said Friday in Common Pleas Court, before sentencing Scott - who served as a key prosecution witness - to time served and four years of probation in killings the judge said had "traumatized a city."
Minehart ordered Scott, who has been jailed since his 2009 arrest, to be released immediately.
Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega said Scott's cooperation was critical to building the case against Will "Pooh" Hook, 44, the scheme's mastermind, and two accomplices who were found guilty of first-degree murder in 2011 and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Scott's testimony also led to Hook's right-hand man, Caesar Holloway pleading guilty to third-degree murder charges, Vega said.
Scott spent part of his time in prison in solitary confinement after being attacked by fellow inmates for his cooperation with police.
On Wednesday, Judge Benjamin Lerner sentenced another accomplice, Katoya Jones, to probation, after she served three years in prison, too.
Jones, who lived in the Piazza's Navona building near Thal, had testified that she let the gunmen into the building in hopes of receiving a cut of the money.
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