April 10, 2015 |
TATTOOS WERE everywhere in Courtroom 608 yesterday. Men with dollar signs on their hands sat by women with stars on their cheekbones in the Criminal Justice Center. Some had lips on their necks and roses peeking out from their cleavage, and at least one man had a tattoo inside his ear that just looked like engine grease. Gary Valecce, 53, sat in the gallery with them all, the right sleeve of his jacket pulled up to reveal a dark tattoo with hints of blue and emerald green from his elbow to his wrist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 11, 1992 |
Will accused child molester Edward I. Savitz be allowed to enter a West Philadelphia facility for psychiatric care, and treatment for AIDS? That question will be answered next week, when a three-judge state Superior Court panel decides whether to reduce his $4 million bail. Defense lawyers Barnaby Wittels and Stephen LaCheen yesterday asked the court to grant "reasonable bail," so the 50-year-old Center City man can be moved from the Detention Center to the medical facility.