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October 16, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
IF SHAKREE BENNETT had served his full state prison sentence, then the Temple University student who police said he raped and robbed in late September might be worrying about her studies instead of trying to piece her life back together. But that's not the reality in which the victim - or Bennett - lives. With just six months of freedom under his belt after being released from prison in March, Bennett allegedly robbed and raped the 20-year-old victim by a construction dumpster as she walked home from Temple's library on the night of Sept.
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September 18, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A 24-YEAR-OLD MAN who last year burglarized an unoccupied house owned by City Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez was sentenced yesterday to eight to 23 months in county jail with immediate parole. Edwin Diana had already served eight months in jail after his arrest last year before his family posted bail for him in November. With immediate parole, he does not need to return to jail. Diana, who was a family friend of the councilwoman, committed the burglary because of an addiction he had to Percocet and Xanax pills, said his attorney, Gary Silver.
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September 17, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Chester drug addict accused of injecting heroin into a kitten was sentenced to time served in jail, parole and community service Tuesday for choking and kicking the animal. Chester County Common Pleas Judge Phyllis Streitel also ordered James P. Myers to complete drug and alcohol evaluations. The judge cited the "sick and disturbing scene" police discovered on Aug. 3, 2014, when an officer found the animal unresponsive with a rope around its neck and head trauma lying next to Myers' car. The car contained dozens of needles, hundreds of empty heroin baggies and a box of cat feces, prosecutors said.
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September 11, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The image in the minds of relatives of the last moments of Antorie Coates and his girlfriend, Alida Maria Cruz, could not have been more ghastly: shot to death in a van, doused with gasoline and set on fire. On Wednesday, relatives gave a message to the man who admitted killing them: "We forgive you. " Courtroom observers said the atmosphere at the guilty plea and sentencing of 38-year-old William Deputy of Upper Darby was so intense that he wept openly as Coates' sister, Akeya Coates, and mother, Eva Whaley, made victim-impact statements.
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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.
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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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