January 10, 2015 |
A Philadelphia man serving life in prison for the 1970 murder of a bar owner was granted parole Thursday after a legal battle over what he alleged was prosecutorial misconduct. Clarence R. Davis, 64, had been sentenced to life without parole for the shooting death of Arthur Gilliard during a shotgun robbery of the Polka Dot Bar near 15th and Clearfield Streets. On Thursday, Davis pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of third-degree murder, as well as robbery and two firearms offenses, in a deal with the District Attorney's Office approved by Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian Harris Ransom.
January 9, 2015 |
A BUCKS COUNTY prison guard with a Sawschlong Obsession, or a proclivity for ogling inmates' private parts, was arrested for, among other jailhouse shocks, forcing inmates to play "patty-cake [pat-a-cake]" and hug one another, prosecutors said. Joseph Mullen, 28, of Feasterville, was charged by an investigating grand jury with official oppression and harassment yesterday after his sexually suggestive actions toward prisoners at the Bucks County Correctional Facility gave inmates the gruesome prison blues, according to authorities.
October 30, 2014 |
Officials at the Burlington County Jail ignored an inmate's pleas for medication, leaving him "unattended and dying" in a wheelchair for several hours in the facility's clinic, according to a lawsuit filed by the inmate's family. When Jerome Iozzia, 50, of Browns Mills, died a day later, on Feb. 25, correctional officers and medical workers tried to cover up their actions, Iozzia's family alleges in the suit. It was filed Aug. 28 in Superior Court in Burlington County, and first reported by the Trentonian this week.
October 23, 2014 |
It would take Jayne Thompson, a Widener University English professor, an hour or more to navigate the layers of security that separated her from her students. When Thompson finally reached her classroom, she faced a more daunting challenge: inspiring 20 inmates from Graterford Prison with the written word. The prisoners, many in their 60s and incarcerated for decades, were participants in Graterford's Prison Literacy Project. "I stood up at the board and talked about conflict and crisis resolution," Thompson, 47, recalls.
October 22, 2014 |
I AM IN PRISON. Eastern State Penitentiary's Cell Block 12, to be exact. One of the most haunted spots in the historic prison on Fairmount Avenue. The location of one of six haunted attractions at the prison's annual scare-fest, "Terror Behind the Walls. " I am the last person who should be here, and not just because I'm quickly learning that zombies are a surprisingly agile bunch. Seriously, my zombie-mate is doing push-ups between visitors while I'm trying not to choke on my own fake blood as I sweat through my costume, classic striped prison chic.
October 5, 2014 |
Joe and Teresa Giudice , reality-TV stars of Real Housewives of New Jersey , are in for reality, all right. In federal court Thursday in Newark, N.J., Joe was sentenced to 41 months in prison for wire and bankruptcy fraud. Teresa got 15 months. She will serve her term first, and then Joe will serve, so there'll always be a parent to care for their children, Gia , 13; Gabriella , 9; Milania , 8; and Audriana , 5. Joe, an Italian national who never became a U.S. citizen, may also be deported, but Judge Esther Salas reserved that decision for later.
September 14, 2014 |
GOV. CORBETT granted a temporary reprieve yesterday to Hubert Lester Michael Jr., a longtime Pennsylvania inmate who's expected to be executed for the 1993 rape and murder of a York County teen. Corbett said the reprieve was needed to give the state time to acquire the drugs that are used in a lethal injection. In July, the governor signed a death warrant for Michael - his fourth - calling for the convicted killer to be executed on Sept. 22. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a temporary stay of execution last month, so it could weigh a pending request from Michael's lawyers to have an appeal heard by the entire 3rd Circuit bench.
August 22, 2014 |
For the Hearts on a Wire Collective, a grassroots movement to support transgender people in and out of prison, the fate of their fall 2013 newsletter seemed proof that logic was lost in Pennsylvania's correctional system. A member reported that the newsletter, a compendium of drawings, poems, essays, homegrown legal advice, and obituaries, was confiscated at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Fayette - because it contained "information regarding the manufacture of explosives, incendiaries, weapons, escape devices or other contraband.
August 3, 2014 |
A man facing charges in a Philadelphia double slaying, a Maryland rape, and an Upper Darby home invasion led police Friday to a wooded park in Delaware County where, he claims, he buried the bodies of a pimp and prostitute that he chopped up two years ago. John Gonce, 30, in a Philadelphia prison awaiting trial in the July 24, 2012, slayings of Rohan Bennett, 13, and Christopher Malcolm, 17, relayed a message Friday through prison officials to...
July 22, 2014 |
TYRONE WERTS waited in the car while his four buddies walked two blocks to a North Philadelphia speakeasy to commit a robbery on the night of May 6, 1975. Werts, 23, didn't know that the robbery victim had been fatally shot until his accomplices jumped back inside the car. The District Attorney's Office offered Werts a plea bargain of eight to 20 years in prison, but he opted for a jury trial and wound up getting convicted of second-degree murder. That resulted in a mandatory life sentence without parole - the punishment in Pennsylvania state court for first- or second-degree murder.