Judge sets sentencing for 3 in ambush, murder of pizza deliveryman

Posted: December 13, 2013

THE THREE remaining defendants convicted of taking part in the Jan. 3, 2012, robbery and murder of a pizza deliveryman in Southwest Philadelphia will be sentenced two years to the day of the crime, a judge ruled yesterday.

Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner set the Jan. 3 sentencing date after one defendant, Rashad Cheeseboro, 25, withdrew his motion to withdraw the guilty plea he signed in June 2012.

Cheeseboro and co-defendant Xylaca Devlin, 20, both pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and related counts, while Keyona Jones, 20, pleaded guilty to robbery and conspiracy in the ambush slaying of Hot Spot Pizza driver Ronald Anderson Jr., 29, whom they lured to a vacant house in Elmwood by placing a food order.

Gunman Michael Covington, 22, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was sentenced in October to 35 to 70 years in state prison.


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