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May 11, 2000 | By Bill Ordine and Brendan January, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Amy Grossberg, the onetime University of Delaware student whose infant son was found dead in a motel trash bin, was released from prison yesterday after serving two years of a 30-month sentence for manslaughter. Officials said she was released early from the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution for good behavior and because she had participated in prison education programs. Grossberg said nothing to reporters when she left the New Castle prison or when she arrived at her home in a Bergen County suburb.
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October 4, 1990 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
A North Philadelphia youth was acquitted of murder charges yesterday in the Christmas Day shooting of a man who hit him with a baseball bat. But Michael Keaton, 17, of Hemberger Way near Jefferson Street, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and a weapons offense for shooting more than once. Common Pleas Judge David N. Savitt returned the verdict after ruling that Keaton was provoked into shooting Acie Frames, 40, of Diamond Street near 25th. Keaton was committed to prison pending sentencing on Dec. 12. Defense lawyer Willis W. Berry Jr. said Keaton "was minding his own business" in front of his apartment building when Frames falsely accused him of breaking into Frames' car earlier in the day. "My client was beaten with a baseball bat," Berry said.
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July 20, 1987 | By DAVE RACHER, Daily News Staff Writer
A South Philadelphia man whom the prosecution claimed assumed the roles of "judge, jury and executioner" has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter for shooting to death a suspected burglar. A Common Pleas jury returned its verdict yesterday against Franklin Lott, 38, of Annin Street near 19th. The victim, George Crenshaw, 32, of Florence Avenue near 56th Street, had served a brief prison term for an earlier burglary at the Lott home, according to Assistant District Attorney Joseph Casey.
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December 17, 1998 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Construction worker Charles Bevin, 22, has beaten a murder rap for the fatal shooting of his foreman. Yesterday, after defense lawyer Mark S. Gottlieb said the killing of Herbert Musgrove, 37, on Saturday, was either self-defense or at most manslaughter, Municipal Judge Eric L. Lilian held Bevin for trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge. Bevin, of 15th Street near 68th Avenue, was freed on $25,000 bail. "I don't think the defendant is a risk to the community or a risk to flee," Lilian said.
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April 21, 1999 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
It was another case of a death caused by someone playing with a loaded handgun. Marcel Crump says his 22-year-old cousin ignored his warnings to stop toying with a gun on the second-floor of their North Philadelphia house on June 1, 1997. "Put it down!" Crump shouted to Joseph Day. Day refused, so Crump tried to disarm him by grabbing his arm, said defense lawyer Michael F. Giampietro yesterday. The gun went off and Day was killed when a bullet tore into his head, added Giampietro.
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November 4, 1988 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden County jury yesterday acquitted Jose Baez of murdering Juan Velez in December but convicted him of manslaughter, illegal possession of a gun and hindering apprehension. Baez, 19, of the 900 block of North 32d Street in Camden, had been accused of shooting Velez, 19, of the 1400 block of Bradley Street in Camden, during an argument at Bergen Avenue and River Road in Camden about 6 p.m. Dec. 28. Defense attorney Leonard Baker argued that Baez could not have shot Velez because he was playing pool at a friend's house in Pennsauken at the time, a contention buttressed by testimony from the friend.
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April 14, 1993 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Charles Twyman blew up when he saw Richard Scott cutting a hole in the roof of Twyman's 1992 Mustang convertible in front of his house last April 14. He grabbed a gun and shot Scott to death. "There was a justification, although not a legally recognized justification," said Common Pleas Judge Robert A. Latrone yesterday in convicting Twyman, 23, of West Philadelphia, a construction worker, of voluntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering another person. "This is a different kind of case," said the judge, who allowed Twyman, of Chestnut Street near 57th, to remain free on bail pending sentencing.
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July 18, 1997 | by April Adamson, Daily News Staff Writer
She was drunk, police say, and "indifferent" to the welfare of the eight young children who rode in her car - most without seatbelts. Now, Patricia Wells must answer for the Fourth of July accident that claimed the lives of six of those children, including one of her own. Yesterday, less than 24 hours after her young victims were buried with 1,000 mourners in attendance, Wells arrived at police headquarters escorted by her father. She was crying as she entered the building to face 16 charges, including aggravated manslaughter.
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June 24, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
A Pennsauken man charged with killing a rowdy inebriated patron at a Southwest Philadelphia club went on trial Wednesday before a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury. John Pettit, a manager at Oasis Gentlemen's Club, led a "muscle-bound team of bouncers who did whatever they wanted," Assistant District Attorney Mark Levenberg told the jury in his opening statement. Levenberg said the evidence would show that Pettit knew he had a free hand to go after patron James Koons and his friend George Foreacre III on the afternoon of Oct. 16, 2009, because he knew there was bad blood between Koons and club owner Robert Laflar.
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April 24, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
A Burlington County woman who set her newborn daughter on fire hours after giving birth was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter. Under the sentence imposed by Superior Court Judge Terrence Cook, Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 23, of Pemberton Township, must serve 85 percent of the term before she is eligible for parole. Family members packed the courtroom as Dorvilier's defense lawyer pleaded for leniency, arguing that she has a history of mental illness and disclosing publicly for the first time that her pregnancy resulted from a sexual assault.
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October 21, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW & WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writers shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AFTER JUST four hours of deliberations yesterday, a jury acquitted demolition contractor Griffin Campbell of six counts of third-degree murder, but convicted him of six counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deadly 2013 collapse of a Center City Salvation Army thrift store. Campbell, 51, a burly man who ran his small construction company out of his Nicetown home, did not react when the jury foreman read the verdicts. His wife, Kim, and one of his four daughters, Amella, 21, cried.
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July 11, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The father of an unlicensed teen driver who crashed an SUV in the Poconos last summer, killing three Bucks County teenagers and injuring a fourth, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of involuntary manslaughter and three counts of reckless endangerment for allowing his daughter to drive, according to prosecutors. Michael Ware, 54, of Scarsdale, N.Y. - who was not in the car when it was wrecked - could face up to 21 years in prison, although Janine Edwards, district attorney of Wayne County, Pa., declined to say Wednesday what penalties she would seek at an August sentencing hearing.
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December 19, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
AFTER A MOTHER pleaded guilty yesterday to involuntary manslaughter in the tragic death of her 11-year-old daughter - who was shot by her 2-year-old brother - the woman's attorney said it was time for the family to heal. Attorney Eugene Tinari said he hoped that Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson would "fashion a sentence that will allow [the mother] to reunite with her children to begin the healing process. " But Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said the defendant, Tiffany Goldwire, 31, deserves more prison time when she is sentenced Feb. 27. Pescatore read a summary of the facts of the case in court.
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April 3, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JOSEPH ZYSK was taken to jail in handcuffs yesterday upon being convicted by a Philadelphia jury of involuntary manslaughter for the fatal beating of his ex-girlfriend's 3-year-old son in 2011. But that wasn't enough for the family of Jason Larkin Jr., who died of blunt-force trauma and internal bleeding after suffering body punches from Zysk in the Roxborough home he shared with the boy's mother. A third-degree murder conviction could've kept Zysk, 30, in state prison for 20 to 40 years.
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April 3, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Zysk knew he wasn't going home. Because he had admitted he punched to death his girlfriend's crying 3-year-old son in an act he testified was sleep-deprived frustration, the jury had two choices: Convict him of third-degree murder, or of involuntary manslaughter. So by the time the Philadelphia jury announced its verdict Tuesday - guilty of involuntary manslaughter, hung on the murder charge - the 30-year-old Roxborough man had already said goodbye to his family and doffed his dark business suit, and was waiting in white T-shirt, jeans, and sneakers.
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January 31, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
LINDENWOLD Nearly five years after rescuing a toddler abandoned in a Lindenwold apartment as the child's mother bled to death, Police Officer Andrew Tweedley still tears up recalling the boy stroking his mother's hair. Tweedley testified Wednesday in the first-degree murder trial of Troy Whye, 42, accused of the 2008 slaying of his estranged girlfriend, Krystal Skinner, then 23. Skinner was an honors student juggling classes at Rutgers-Camden, working part-time at a deli and at an internship with the Department of Youth and Family Services, and caring for the couple's child.
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