July 10, 2015 |
Saying Eric Torres had "chosen to be a career criminal," a Philadelphia judge on Wednesday sentenced the 33-year-old man to 66 to 132 years in prison for shooting and disabling Police Officer Edward Davies during a 2013 struggle in a Feltonville grocery store. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich ran through Torres' history of arrests since arriving in Philadelphia from Puerto Rico in 2004, and noted that he was on probation for assaulting a police officer at the time of the Aug. 13 shooting inside the Almonte Mini Market at Fourth and Annsbury Streets.
July 3, 2016 |
Saying he was "concerned for the safety of the community," a Philadelphia judge on Friday refused to reduce the $900,000 bail for Rysheed Jordan, the aspiring basketball star charged with shooting and wounding a man in a May 27 North Philadelphia robbery. About 50 relatives and friends packed the courtroom to show support for the 22-year-old Brewerytown man. The Rev. Richard Rock, chaplain of the St. John's University athletic program, traveled from New York City to vouch for Jordan and said he would keep tabs on him through family if released.
July 29, 1995 |
When the South Philadelphia father found out in 1993 that Bernard Jefferson, 34, had raped one of his daughters and molested another while baby- sitting, he wanted street justice. The man confronted Jefferson, and the two fought, said Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich yesterday. Ehrlich didn't get the fight results, but he knew that police later arrested Jefferson for the sex attacks that had occurred in May 1991. And yesterday Jefferson was sentenced to prison.
June 20, 2013 |
A Norristown man was sentenced to 50 to 100 years in prison Wednesday for a series of knifepoint rapes in Kensington. Insisting he was innocent, Marcos Camacho interrupted his interpreter, lawyer Alfonso Gambone, and Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich and vowed to appeal. "I have a strong belief that there was not justice," Camacho said, switching from Spanish to heavily accented English. "I strongly believe I never received a fair trial. " Camacho, 32, said he was a victim of corrupt police and prosecutors and lying victims.
August 9, 1990 |
When Darryl Bell was about to be sentenced for forcing a young girl to have sex with him, he asked the judge to "consider my record. " Bell, 51, wasn't talking about his criminal record, which showed he was on parole for the 1961 murder of a Germantown grocer. What he wanted Common Pleas Judge Joseph T. Murphy to consider was how he educated himself in prison and became a minister. Murphy told Bell he had abused his opportunity at freedom when he engaged in sex with the girl and had to be punished.
May 18, 1998 |
The North Philadelphia woman told the judge that her rapist has AIDS, and she fears for her safety. "I'll be worried about it for the rest of my life," she said at Lewis Henderson's sentencing hearing before Common Pleas Judge David N. Savitt last week. "He didn't have to do that to me," the victim, 33, sighed. "I feel sorry for myself. " Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich confirmed Henderson's medical condition, and said the woman recently tested negative for AIDS.
September 12, 1987 |
A 16-year veteran of the Police Department was convicted yesterday on morals charges stemming from a relationship he had with a 13-year-old North Philadelphia girl whose family he had befriended, the district attorney's office said. Detective Charles Pflugfelder, 41, of Germantown was found guilty by Common Pleas Judge Tama-Myers Clark of corrupting the morals of a minor, a first- degree misdemeanor, according to Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich. Pflugfelder, who was fired after the charges were filed, will be given psychological tests before his sentencing in December.
August 1, 1986 |
Four teen-age boys yesterday were convicted of taking part in the gang- attack on two men in separate incidents near the Art Museum on June 30. Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich described the attacks, which occurred 10 minutes apart, as "animal-like. These were wolf-pack attacks. " Convicted of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy charges were Kenneth Bell, 16, of 23rd Street near Carpenter; Bradley Poole, 16, of Poplar Street near 19th; Benjamin Green, 16, of Girard Avenue near 20th Street; and Walter Dockery, 15, of Cambridge Street near 19th.
March 24, 1999 |
The judge said she was horrified that a man would punish his girlfriend's 3-year-old son by dipping him into scalding water. So horrified she put the boyfriend, Andres Burgos, 26, away for 13 to 26 years to ponder his deed. The boy, now 5, suffered third- degree burns on his buttocks and genitals. "Both parents are responsible," said Common Pleas Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes in imposing sentence on charges of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and related charges in the Aug. 5, 1997, incident.
November 13, 1996 |
The prosecutor told a judge that an accused rapist and members of his family have engaged in "a pattern of harassment" against the alleged victim, and he threatened to arrest them. Assistant District Attorney Charles Ehrlich said the defendant, Steven Castillo, 28, of 5th Street near Tioga, and at least two relatives, even tried to prevent the 43-year-old victim from getting to court for a preliminary hearing yesterday. They failed, and Castillo was ordered to stand trial on rape and assault charges.