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May 4, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
ABRAHAM CORDOVA left Guatemala for the U.S. at age 17, telling his mother and grandmother that he was going to make something of himself, his lawyer said in court yesterday. But as an undocumented immigrant who didn't speak English and had no education, he instead fell into depression and alcoholism and - on April 11 of last year - viciously attacked a 63-year-old woman with brass knuckles during a home invasion. The attack, at a Rhawnhurst apartment complex on Loretto Avenue near Borbeck, left the woman blind in her left eye. Yesterday, Cordova, 27, who left his home country to escape a life of chopping sugar cane, was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in state prison by Common Pleas Judge Ann Butchart.
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March 13, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former neighbor who admitted committing a 2012 home invasion robbery in which an 87-year-old Democratic committeewoman and her 62-year-old son were beaten and stabbed in their West Philadelphia home was sentenced to 9 to 20 years in prison Tuesday. Jimmy Morrison, 43, said nothing before he was sentenced by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Carolyn H. Nichols based on his guilty plea last month to two counts of aggravated assault, burglary and a weapons charge involving the July 31, 2012, attack that seriously injured Yvonne Gaines and son James Brinkley.
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March 10, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IF LYNNE Connolly knows anything about the street she's lived on for 30 years, it's that it's a safe place. So she was "unnerved" when she heard that a pair of teenagers allegedly stabbed and robbed a 54-year-old man suffering from cancer late Wednesday in his home inside the Carol Manor apartments, at the end of her block on Walker Street near Pearson Avenue in East Torresdale. "It's terrible what those parasites did," she said. "I hope he pulls through. " Chief Inspector Scott Small, who responded to the scene, said the man, who relies on a voice box to speak due to a tracheotomy, told police that the teens followed him home, forced their way into his apartment and stabbed him in the chest with his own steak knife.
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February 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former neighbor pleaded guilty Monday in the 2012 home invasion robbery in which an 87-year-old Democratic committeewoman and her 62-year-old son were beaten and stabbed in their West Philadelphia home. Jimmy Morrison, 43, pleaded guilty in Common Pleas Court to two counts of aggravated assault, burglary, and a weapons charge involving the July 31, 2012, attack that seriously injured Yvonne Gaines and James Brinkley. Morrison's guilty plea occurred the day jury selection was to have begun in his trial.
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October 24, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THREE MEN are being sought for allegedly attacking an elderly couple who own a Philadelphia business and beating the husband with a hammer during a home invasion in Montgomery County. In the attack Oct. 16 on Wyndrise Drive in Whitpain Township, police said, the husband was unpacking a car after the couple arrived home from shopping when he was approached by three males. One assailant hit him in the head with a hammer several times, causing severe injuries. The thugs brought him inside, and a second attacker assaulted his wife and demanded money after she tried to help her husband, police said.
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August 30, 2013 | BY DANA DIFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE PROTESTERS marched through a rain falling so hard that it drenched their clothes and made the colors run on their handwritten signs. As they rallied outside the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office yesterday, Flora Adams decided she had something to say. She turned to the lunch-breakers and smokers sheltering under the Wanamaker Building's overhang nearby and began scolding them. "You need to pitch in, grandmothers, and stop being lazy!" Adams, 67, shouted into a bullhorn.
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August 24, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police on Thursday were seeking those responsible for two home invasions, one in which a West Philadelphia man was beaten with a crowbar. In the first attack, at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, two men broke into a house on the 2500 block of Bonaffon Street in the Elmwood section of Southwest Philadelphia and confronted a resident at gunpoint. They left with $8,000 and an HTC smartphone and did not injure the victim, police said. In the violent robbery, three, maybe four, men made their way into a second-floor apartment on the 5400 block of Vine Street through a window about 1:15 a.m. Thursday.
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August 5, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE ATTORNEY for a Holmesburg teenager accused of trying to murder his blind neighbor by turning on her gas stove during a burglary will ask a judge to order that a "voice lineup" be convened. Such a lineup would likely help clear Tomayo McDuffy's name because his accuser has only heard him say "hi" once or twice, defense attorney Beverly Muldrow said after a court hearing yesterday. "Let's see if she can identify his voice," she said of Maria Colon, 54, who told police she heard McDuffy and another male in her Marple Street home the night of May 3. She also told police that her guide dog, Yolanda, chased the burglars away and dialed 9-1-1.
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July 22, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE ONLY eyewitness was a blind lady and the dog supposedly called 9-1-1, but the woman said she recognized the voice of her neighbor and a Philadelphia judge yesterday held him for trial for attempted murder. Common Pleas Judge David C. Shuter said it was clear someone broke in May 3 and turned on the kitchen gas in Maria Colon's home on Marple Street near Torresdale Avenue. "The house was filled up with gas, and the woman said she couldn't breathe," Shuter said. Colon's next-door neighbor, Tomayo McDuffy, 18, remains jailed on $100,000 bail and will be arraigned Aug. 9 on 11 charges, including attempted murder, burglary, conspiracy and aggravated assault.
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July 12, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE LITTLE BOYS gather, beating boredom by chucking sticks or balancing on porch edges. Bigger boys slalom in the street on bikes and scooters, while a woman sweeps her steps nearby. The stretch of Marple Street just south of Torresdale Avenue in Holmesburg is usually like this - alive with the everyday ordinariness of kids at play and life underway. But since May 3, neighbors rarely pass one another without sharing new gossip about the blind lady with the dog named Yolanda. That night, police swarmed Maria Colon's three-story brick rowhouse.
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