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July 12, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Teens who commit crimes often age out of such conduct by their mid-30s, criminologists say. Apparently, no one told Kevin Green. Green's adult criminal career began at age 18 in 1975. By the late 1980s, he was in one of the city's most feared drug gangs, and was involved in a shooting war with the more-feared "Junior Black Mafia. " Green was 36 when he escaped a life sentence for murder - he got seven to 15 years - in the notorious 1989 shooting of Donald Branch, a Cheltenham computer software expert dining at Tobin's Inn in West Oak Lane.
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July 10, 2014 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
One man was killed and two were seriously injured in a Bristol Township shooting early Tuesday, casting a pall over a crime-scarred Bucks County neighborhood where at least three homicides have occurred in the last decade. No suspects were identified and no weapons recovered, and, with authorities releasing only limited information, dozens of residents gathered near the roped-off home on the 900 block of Winder Drive searching for answers about a crime police described as a home invasion.
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June 28, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
An 18-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday during a home invasion in Philadelphia's Fern Rock section that left two of his neighbors, including a 71-year-old woman, in critical condition with numerous stab wounds, police said. Anthony Waters of the 5900 block of North Fourth Street stabbed the 71-year-old woman about 20 times and a 54-year-old man several times after Waters entered their home about 4:45 a.m., police said. The rear door was unlocked, police said, and the assailant attacked the two after he was surprised to find them inside the home.
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June 20, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHAT SHOULD have been a quick walk home from school yesterday turned into an hourlong ordeal for one Northeast Philly teen, the victim of a gunpoint kidnapping that saw him dumped on the other side of the city, police said. Just before 2 p.m., the boy, a ninth-grader at George Washington High School, called his dad, Christian Garnica, to say he'd be home soon, said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman. But as he rounded the corner to his house, on Ferndale Street near Greymont in Bustleton, the teen - whose name the Daily News is withholding - spotted two men waiting for him. Those men brandished handguns and grabbed the boy. They covered his eyes with tape and forced him into a nearby Subaru station wagon, Stanford said.
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May 11, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
LAMAR RAYSON, who has lived in federal prison since 2007, wasn't going anywhere for decades. But yesterday, he learned that he's likely to die behind bars. Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Alice Dubow sentenced him to 37 1/2 to 75 years in state prison for a 2004 Christmas Eve home-invasion robbery and rape in Wissinoming, Pa. Rayson, 29, will begin serving that sentence after he completes a 32-year sentence in federal prison that he received for his role in five armed robberies of city businesses in 2005, and a 2006 armed carjacking in Germantown.
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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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