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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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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 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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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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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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November 27, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A PHILADELPHIA jury handed down a mixed verdict late yesterday when it deadlocked, acquitted and convicted two former police officers on a range of charges in relation to a young man who was slain over a pizza robbery. The jury of four men and eight women deadlocked on the manslaughter charge against Chauncey Ellison, who, along with Robin Fortune, was on trial in the 2008 death of Lawrence Allen, 20, a young father and husband. Prosecutors believed Ellison shot Allen after a friend of the victim robbed a pizza from Ellison's 14-year-old son. Allen, left paralyzed by the shooting, died three months later of an infection.
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November 21, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Oak Lane woman testified Tuesday that she saw former Philadelphia police Sgt. Chauncey Ellison shoot her brother in the back and stand over him as if considering whether to fire again. Mecca Drake described a chaotic scene the night of Nov. 17, 2008, when younger brother Lawrence Allen was shot and paralyzed during a confrontation with Ellison and then-girlfriend Officer Robin Fortune in a dispute about a stolen pizza. Authorities have called Allen, 20, a "peacemaker" who was trying to defuse the situation involving the two officers, who were off-duty and in civilian clothes.
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July 15, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Almost three years after they allegedly kidnapped and killed a 23-year-old Camden County man and then fled to Florida, the Bahamas, and Cuba, two former Voorhees residents have pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the September 2010 homicide. Diane Camacho, 28, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit murder and agreed to testify against Denis A. Catania, 51, who pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter the next day. Damien M. Leo, 38, had pleaded guilty in May 2012 to manslaughter and agreed to testify against Camacho and Catania.
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July 13, 2013 | By Mike Schneider and Kyle Hightower, Associated Press
SANFORD, Fla. - In an unmistakable setback for George Zimmerman, the jury at the neighborhood watch captain's second-degree murder trial was given the option Thursday of convicting him on the lesser charge of manslaughter in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Judge Debra Nelson issued her ruling over the objections of Zimmerman's lawyers shortly before a prosecutor delivered a closing argument in which he portrayed the defendant as an aspiring police officer who assumed Martin was up to no good and took the law into his own hands.
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June 9, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, CHRIS BRENNAN, SEAN COLLINS WALSH & BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
UPDATE: SEAN BENSCHOP, who was behind the controls of an excavator at the site of the deadly Market Street building collapse this week, turned himself in to police Saturday afternoon and will be charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter, police said. A law-enforcement source said yesterday that blood tests showed that Benschop, 42, had traces of a painkiller and marijuana in his system on Wednesday, when a partially demolished four-story building at 22nd and Market streets collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army store, killing six people and injuring 13 others.
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April 27, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Was it a case of "passion provocation" when Troy Whye, enraged that his girlfriend might leave him, stabbed her 30 times in front of their 2-year-old son, leaving the boy alone, kneeling beside his mother's body, stroking her hair? If the March 26, 2008, killing was a case of "passion provocation" manslaughter, the jury, improperly, never got a chance to consider it, an appellate panel said Friday. The three-judge New Jersey Superior Court panel overturned Whye's first-degree murder conviction, sending the case back to Camden County for retrial.
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