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October 9, 2008 | By William M. DiMascio
Philadelphia police Officer Patrick McDonald's fatal encounter with the recently paroled Daniel Giddings is a tale about a system that worked precisely as designed and led to disaster. It touched off a furor in the city's law-enforcement community that echoed through City Hall and, eventually, the governor's office. When the pressure reached a certain point, the governor declared a freeze on state paroles pending a study on the process that let Giddings loose. It was a decision that never should have been made - a knee-jerk reaction that punishes thousands for the misdeeds of one. This is the kind of emotional decision-making that invariably leads to unintended consequences.
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May 8, 1997 | by Scott Heimer, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Jim Smith contributed to this report
The man who once was Philadelphia's third-highest-ranking mobster was caught yesterday sneaking through a South Philadelphia alley in his bathrobe and socks as he tried one last time to elude the feds. Reputed mob captain Ronald Turchi Sr. was arrested as he fled out the back door of his girlfriend's house on Camac Street near Mifflin, according to Alan D. Lewis, U.S. marshal for the district. Turchi, 58, a convicted arsonist, had been missing since New Year's Eve, when a federal bench warrant was issued for his allegedly violating parole by associating with convicted felons, including reputed Philadelphia mob boss Ralph Natale and underboss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino.
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February 11, 2009 | By Barbara Boyer and Zoe Tillman INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Daniel Trinsey served six years in prison for robbery before he was paroled in 2007 and given a chance to change his ways. But in recent weeks, the 48-year-old Trinsey failed to check in with his parole supervisor. Police said he returned to crime, robbing a bank Friday in the Northeast, and he even appeared to be smiling in surveillance photos taken as he grasped a stack of cash. His final act of defiance came Monday afternoon in Fox Chase, where, police said, he refused to surrender and pulled a gun - later determined to be a replica of a .40-caliber handgun - on authorities.
NEWS
February 6, 2016
Rafael Robb, the former University of Pennsylvania professor sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for killing his wife in their Upper Merion home in 2006, is again coming up for parole - and stirring a new round of opposition. Ellen Gregory Robb's family members, who have successfully argued in the past to reverse a parole board decision to release Robb, plan to renew their concerns in a meeting with the board next Tuesday. "We will collectively show that Robb remains controlling, manipulative, and unremorseful for his horrific actions," her brother Gary Gregory said in a statement Thursday.
NEWS
June 2, 2010 | By REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
Susanna Goihman - the Queen Village restaurateur who pleaded guilty in the hit-and-run death of Kayla Peter nearly five years ago - was paroled Sunday from the Crawford County prison she used to call home, state prison officials confirmed. Now home looks more tropical for the convicted felon. Goihman, now 47, who was sentenced to three to six years for running over the 15-year-old victim while driving drunk, moved to Florida, where she'll be watched by the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision, said Leo Dunn, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole.
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October 15, 1989 | By Rose Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
An Avondale man, who admitted murdering his wife nine years ago, contended Thursday in Chester County Court that he would never have entered a guilty plea if he had known he would spend the rest of his life in prison. Johnny Wayne Reece, 42, who is seeking a new trial, testified during a hearing in Chester County Court that his former attorney told him he would be eligible for parole in six to nine years. Reece told Judge Lawrence Wood that he only recently learned through a prison employee that the life sentence he received from then-President Judge D. T. Marrone made him ineligible for parole under Pennsylvania state law. Reece, who said he grew up in North Carolina, told Wood that he was unfamiliar the state law here when he pleaded guilty in 1980.
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January 28, 1999 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Daniel Owen McElwee, 80, of Levittown, a retired parole supervisor, died Sunday of heart failure at St. Mary Medical Center, Middletown Township. He had been ill for some time. Mr. McElwee toured South America in the late 1940s to study penal institutions in several countries. He then worked in Philadelphia for 30 years for the Pennsylvania Board of Parole, retiring in 1983 as a parole supervisor. In retirement, he used his passion for reading and history to become a self-taught historian.
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September 14, 1999 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Zachary "Kato" Earvin, 31, warned people in a house on Union Street near Parrish that someone was going to die. A few minutes later, shortly after 11 p.m. on May 13, 1998, Earvin, of Pennsgrove Street near 39th, triggered his own prophesy. He shot and killed Lonnie "Pop" Collins, 58, wounded Carlton "Blue" Randolph, and fired shots that missed Robert Collins, the victim's brother, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson. Yesterday, a jury that convicted Earvin of first-degree murder and aggravated assault was unable to agree on a life or death sentence.
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December 21, 1991 | By Peter Finn, Special to The Inquirer
Vincent Charles Marino wasn't rehabilitated the first time. And yesterday, his 33d birthday, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the second time in his life. His first sentence in 1979 was for sexual assault and lasted seven years. His second stemmed from a sexual assault that ended in death, and this time, the sentence will last much longer. Yesterday, Camden County Superior Court Judge David Eynon sentenced Marino, formerly of the first block of Maiden Lane, Somerdale, to 30 years without parole for the Sept.
NEWS
April 18, 2000 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
Accused serial rapist Linwood Brant told a judge yesterday that he was too busy trying to find a job to comply with court-ordered parole requirements. Cops say he was too busy attacking and robbing women. Brant, 22, faces more than 100 years in prison if he's convicted of raping an 18-year-old Southwest Philadelphia woman near 52nd Street and Baltimore Avenue on Jan. 10. He also is awaiting hearings in at least five other sexual attacks in West and Southwest Philadelphia, and police are looking for more possible victims.
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May 18, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Rafael Robb, a former University of Pennsylvania professor imprisoned for killing his wife in 2006, has been denied early release by the state parole board, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office announced Monday. The board's decision means Robb will serve his full 10-year sentence for the death of Ellen Gregory Robb. But her family is still concerned about the fact that Robb will be free in January, at the end of his sentence. "Our goal is clearly to make sure that his probation terms are of the strictest and tightest that they should be for a violent offender of this nature," Gary Gregory, Ellen Robb's brother, said at a news conference Monday.
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May 11, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Thurmond Berry had served nearly four decades toward a life sentence when he received a note in his cell instructing him to meet with a Dr. Kathleen Brown, a professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. He'd been ill, so he figured it was a checkup. Instead, the woman waiting for him in a meeting room at Graterford Prison told him, "I'm here to get you out of prison. " The plan Brown laid out wasn't that much more far-fetched than if she'd suggested that the 68-year-old great-grandfather scale Graterford's high walls and shimmy through the barbed wire loops to freedom.
NEWS
April 13, 2016
By Dorothy Johnson-Speight As we observe Victim Rights Awareness Week, I call on our community to ensure that all victim families receive appropriate access to support, counseling, healing, and restorative services, no matter where they are emotionally. Often, the victims with the most punitive perspectives receive the most encouragement, attention, and validation. Yet perspectives vary, as we at the nonprofit Mothers in Charge have discovered among the people we serve. How do we care for those victims who want second chances for those convicted of serious crimes?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
The weekend box office for Batman v Superman decreased faster than a speeding bullet. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fell a steep 68 percent in its second weekend in theaters, according to comScore estimates Sunday. The superhero pic earned an estimated $52.4 million over the weekend, easily besting the modest new openers like God's Not Dead 2 and Meet the Blacks . The Zack Snyder -directed movie cost a reported $250 million to produce and around $150 million to market, and has earned an estimated $261.5 million to date.
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March 29, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
AT AGE 60, Earl Rice Jr. is living for the future. "I train myself to get up at 4 every morning," he said, "just so when I go home, I'll be up before the sun rises and ready to go. " Rice has served 43 years toward a life sentence at Graterford state prison for a purse-snatching gone wrong at age 17. Now, for the first time, he has a chance at release. "There's a lot of people I want to spend time with and things I want to do," said Rice, now a great-grandfather. There's a trip to Disney World with his daughter that's decades overdue.
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March 17, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has sent the case of Kempis Songster, a 44-year-old man serving a life sentence without parole for a murder he committed when he was 15, back to the federal judge who previously ruled he was entitled to a new sentencing hearing. The movement in the case comes in the wake of two U.S. Supreme Court decisions: one banning mandatory sentences of life without parole for juveniles; the other Montgomery v. Louisiana , decided in January, which made that ruling retroactive.
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February 25, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to grant parole to a 79-year-old man convicted in the 1973 murder of a state trooper, ruling that a lower court erred in endorsing his release without a full review by the state Parole Board. In a 4-1 decision, the high court reversed an Appellate Division ruling and ordered the Parole Board to conduct a full hearing to determine Sundiata Acoli's suitability for release. The court did not offer an opinion on his suitability, but handed down a narrow ruling on procedural grounds.
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February 8, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
Looking back from his Graterford cell at that kid, that volatile 15-year-old about to bolt for Philly and a job selling cocaine from a fortified rowhouse, the adult Kempis Songster typed a desperate plea to his younger self. So, I'm sending this letter across time to tell you plainly and urgently, don't do it. I'm telling you what I know. I have been trapped for the past 27 years from something unimaginable that you will do four months after you make the decision you're about to make.
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February 6, 2016
Rafael Robb, the former University of Pennsylvania professor sentenced to five to 10 years in prison for killing his wife in their Upper Merion home in 2006, is again coming up for parole - and stirring a new round of opposition. Ellen Gregory Robb's family members, who have successfully argued in the past to reverse a parole board decision to release Robb, plan to renew their concerns in a meeting with the board next Tuesday. "We will collectively show that Robb remains controlling, manipulative, and unremorseful for his horrific actions," her brother Gary Gregory said in a statement Thursday.
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