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June 26, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A FORMER Philadelphia police officer against whom witness-intimidation charges were withdrawn earlier this week in a case that involves the murder of another man will remain in county jail until the state parole board decides if he should be released. David Wade Howard, 51, will remain at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on State Road in Holmesburg, Philadelphia Prison System spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said yesterday. Laura Treaster, a spokeswoman with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole said the board had not yet been officially notified that Howard's intimidation charges were withdrawn.
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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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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