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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.
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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.
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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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February 13, 1986 | By JOE CLARK, Daily News Staff Writer
"He'll probably be out of jail someday . . . and do the same thing all over again to someone else. " The woman was speaking of Ronald J. Dessus, who had just been sentenced to life imprisonment for the beating death of her 79-year-old mother, Lena Alexandroff, inside the victim's West Philadelphia home on Chester Avenue near 51st Street on Palm Sunday 1966. Today, Dessus and another convicted killer from Philadelphia will request the state Board of Pardons sitting in Harrisburg to commute their life sentences and make them eligible for parole.
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May 11, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
GREGORY "CHOPS" Scott's family loved him so much that when he was murdered in 2013, his nephew - whose bride Scott had offered to walk down the aisle - got married at his uncle's funeral so he could still be a part of their wedding. Scott's community loved him so much that more than 2,000 people attended his service. It seems only one person in this world didn't get along with Scott - his own cousin, James Scott - and yesterday it took a jury less than an hour to convict James Scott of first-degree murder for the killing of Gregory Scott, 55, outside of his West Philadelphia home on Feb. 27, 2013.
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May 3, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jason Scott McClay would help out a customer he knew couldn't afford a purchase. He had a great sense of humor, and was described as the ultimate teammate and the glue that held his family together. A huge hockey fan, the manager of a Rite-Aid store in Chester once treated a coworker to a Flyers game. That coworker, Tariq Mahmud, 25, would later engineer the botched robbery that led to McClay's murder. On Friday, Mahmud, 25, who had called McClay his friend, and two codefendants were sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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February 20, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
DAWN AND PAUL Sweeney waited with bated breath yesterday as the judge prepared to resentence the now adult man who orchestrated the savage murder of their son, Jason, 12 years ago. From the start of the two-day hearing on the matter, they made clear that they wanted the original sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole to stand for Jason's killer, Nicholas Coia. And they got their wish. Common Please Judge Sandy L.V. Byrd yesterday resentenced Coia, 28, to life in prison without the possibility of parole - upholding the original 2005 sentence of Common Pleas Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes - to the relief of the Sweeney family.
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January 10, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 13, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The man accused of violently abducting a 22-year-old woman from a Germantown street last week was appointed a federal defender in his first appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon. Delvin Barnes, 37, spoke only once, to ask U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacob P. Hart for a court-appointed lawyer. Hart said Barnes' monthly income and debt qualified him for a federal defender. Hart also scheduled a detention hearing for Friday. Barnes' newly appointed lawyer, Nina Spizer, said she could not comment on whether she planned to contest detention for her client.
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October 24, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Mary DeWitt began painting portraits of lifers in the Pennsylvania correctional system - people even prison administrators believed deserved clemency - she was filled with optimism. "It was 1993, 1994, when I started the program, with the idea that they should've been pardoned in the '90s," she recalled. Twenty years later, DeWitt, 65, has painted new portraits of the women - all of whom remained incarcerated. "Then and Now: Women in Prison," an exhibition of portraits from 1996 and 2014, is on view at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral through next Thursday.
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October 3, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Meek Mill was last seen, on Aug. 18, the rising Philadelphia rapper was in prison clothes while his legal team tried to persuade a judge to parole him early from her three- to six-month sentence for violating probation from a 2009 gun and drug conviction. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley wasn't moved then. Still isn't. On Monday, Brinkley denied a new petition for early parole filed by the rapper's new lawyer, Tariq K. El-Shabazz. The action signaled that the 27-year-old artist - whose real name is Robert Williams - will likely stay in jail at least until his minimum sentence ends Oct. 11. El-Shabazz, a veteran Philadelphia criminal lawyer, was not immediately available for comment.
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September 17, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Career criminal Kevin Green last week got a prison sentence that should keep him behind bars the rest of his life. Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich on Friday gave the 57-year-old a sentence of 55 to 110 years for a violent North Philadelphia home invasion last year that briefly netted Green and an accomplice $7,713. Green was convicted on July 10 of terrorizing Jose Torres, his wife, Elizabeth Varela, and her autistic son, Joshua, 12, in their home on the 3500 block of North Fifth Street.
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August 14, 2014 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
William J. Gray, "the Jogging Rapist" who sexually assaulted 16 girls under age 18 in Olney and Northeast Philadelphia during a self-described "raping spree" in 1979, has been denied parole. It's the 10th time that the state has refused parole to Gray, 71, who is serving a sentence of 20 to 50 years in the State Correctional Institution at Waymart, near Scranton. Gray pleaded guilty to multiple counts of rape and assault in 1980. The Inquirer, which in June published a series of articles on the Jogging Rapist and his bid to get out of prison, has obtained a copy of a letter sent from the state Office of the Victim Advocate to one of his victims, Susanne Worsham, announcing the denial of parole.
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