Lookout man in 2010 murder of popular DJ gets 19 to 20 years in prison

Posted: March 09, 2014

KEVIN WHITE never had a gun. He never entered the house that was to be robbed. But yesterday, he learned that his limited involvement in a July 2010 botched robbery- turned-murder would cost him decades in prison.

Common Pleas Judge Linda Carpenter sentenced White, 25, to 19 to 40 years in state prison for third-degree murder stemming from his involvement in the killing of popular Philadelphia disc jockey Rendell Miller, 41, who was known as "DJ Randy Flash."

White, of Lambert Street near Stenton Avenue in West Oak Lane, co-defendant Lashawn Peterson, 25, and the still unidentified gunman went to a home on Camac Street near Rockland in Logan just before 2 a.m. to rob the partygoers inside.

But when the homeowner refused to let them in, the gunman started to shoot, striking Miller in the chest. He died a week later. Two other men inside the home were injured but survived.

Peterson, 25, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and related counts and was also sentenced to 19 to 40 years in October, said Assistant District Attorney Gail Fairman. A jury convicted White in October.

Fairman told Carpenter that White was just as responsible for Miller's death, saying Miller was "having a party with his friends and he's killed by these three young men who saw him as prey."

She said White waited outside and was planning to run in to assist in the robbery but instead ran away after the shooting started.

White, she said, had no excuse to be involved in the robbery, given that he was employed, had no mental-health issues and was a high-school graduate who had several years of training from Lincoln Technical Institute.

"He has no excuse except that he's greedy and wants a part of that money," she said.

"I will never try to justify the actions that brought me here today. I just hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me," White said to his victims and their families.

Defense lawyer Joseph T. Schultz said an appeal would be filed, possibly related to the fact that White's trial attorney, Gregory Noonan, 53, has been disbarred for professional misconduct and a drug arrest.

Noonan, of Lansdale, was arrested Dec. 20 for selling Oxycodone pills to an undercover Montgomery County police officer in November. Court records indicate he is still jailed.

"The question is, how good of a job did his attorney do for him? You have to call it into question," Schultz said.

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