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October 26, 1995 | by Kitty Caparella and Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writers
The massive raid at Graterford state prison earlier this week grabbed the attention of the outside world, but the biggest show of force was the quiet, hurried transfer of a dozen inmates who wielded the real power inside the prison walls. More than the unprecedented raid by 650 state troopers and prison guards, more than the forced retirement of two top prison officials, more than the strip-searches of the 3,490 inmates and the cell-by-cell shakedown for drugs and weapons, the biggest symbol of change was the dethroning of the reputed leader of prison wheeling-and-dealing.
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September 2, 2001 | By Stephanie Doster INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A former Philadelphia paratransit driver convicted of raping a woman with cerebral palsy was sentenced in Bucks County Court Friday to serve 20 to 40 years in state prison. David Desouza, 49, sat motionless as Judge Alan M. Rubenstein sentenced him to two consecutive 10- to 20-year terms for rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. Rubenstein cited the crime's "heinousness, its sheer, unbridled depravity, and the absolute horror visited upon the victim. " Rubenstein told Desouza: "You probably believed she would never tell anyone about this, and if she did, no one would believe her. . . . But she was not the perfect victim.
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July 25, 1994 | By Julia Cass, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joseph Taylor considers himself a man who stands up for his rights and those of his fellow prisoners. Prison officials consider him an incorrigibly hostile inmate. Because of his refusal to follow orders and his alleged assaults on guards, Taylor spent seven years in solitary confinement at the state penitentiary at Huntingdon. Two years ago, he was moved to an even more restrictive home. Taylor, 39, who is serving a life sentence for murder, became one of the first residents of Pennsylvania's new Special Management Unit (SMU)
BUSINESS
August 29, 1991 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
SHE IS: Madeline Arrington SHE DOES: Housing rehab SHE SUCCEEDS: Through determination At first, Madeline Arrington wasn't sure she wanted it mentioned in the newspapers that before taking on her current post as an apartment building manager, she spent time in jail. But, on second thought, Arrington decided she had important messages to get out: About how quickly your life can fall apart. About picking up the pieces of your life and starting again. In 1982, Arrington, then 39 years old, a single mother of two daughters, then aged 18 and 9, made what turned out to be a fateful decision.
NEWS
September 10, 2003
RE THE LETTER by Lauren Ukkerd of Broomall, "Dial P for Prison" (Aug. 16): Who or what gives her the right to judge letter-writer Harum Fox, let alone anybody else who's incarcerated about what we should or shouldn't have in prison without knowing our situation. Unfortunately, people fail to realize that not everyone incarcerated is a bad person, some of us just made bad choices and the wrong decisions in our lives that we are paying for now - and our families are paying for them as well.
NEWS
July 7, 2010 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
When Ryshaone Thomas was sent to prison in 2005, Linda Reis was outraged that one of the men who abducted, beat and strangled her daughter might be free someday. Reis wanted Thomas, 32, to die in prison. On Sunday morning, she got her wish. "It's funny how God works," said Reis, 54, of Mount Ephraim, N.J. "I really feel that things happen for many reasons. " Thomas, of Camden, was serving a 43-year sentence for the murder of Reis' daughter, Christine Eberle, on Nov. 12, 2001.
NEWS
October 24, 2012
Jerry Sandusky became a state prison inmate Tuesday with his transfer out of the Centre County jail, his home since he was convicted in June of child molestation. The former Pennsylvania State University assistant coach arrived early in the morning at the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill, just outside Harrisburg, a state prison system spokeswoman said. He faces evaluation that will take a week or more before he can be assigned a security-risk level and sent to one of the state facilities as his "home" prison.
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January 14, 1998 | By Todd Bishop, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Morrisville man pleaded guilty yesterday to a weeklong crime spree in which he stole at least five vehicles, drove one into the Delaware Canal, and escaped police custody through a bathroom window. Jesse N. Baker, 21, was given four sentences to state prison - with terms ranging from one to two years, to two to five years - for a string of auto thefts and other crimes in early June. Bucks County President Judge Kenneth G. Biehn said Baker would serve the sentences concurrently.
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January 4, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Msgr. William J. Lynn was released from state prison Thursday, but before he returns to private life, he must again face the judge who put him behind bars. After serving about 18 months in prison, Lynn left the prison in Waymart, in Northeastern Pennsylvania, on Thursday, a week after an appeals court overturned his child-endangerment conviction. Prosecutors are challenging the decision. On Monday, Lynn is to appear before Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who in 2012 sentenced him to three to six years in prison for his role in enabling priests to abuse children.
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May 6, 2009 | By Mari A. Schaefer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Elizabeth "Betty" Greenawalt embezzled more than $900,000 from her long-time employer and neighbor, robbing him of money that he could have taken into his retirement. Ralph Bucci went to Delaware County Court yesterday for Greenawalt's sentencing. Instead of seeking revenge, he offered forgiveness. "I do not seek a prison sentence on my behalf," Bucci told Judge James F. Nilon Jr. Joan Bucci, his wife, called it a difficult day for her. She mentioned Greenawalt's gambling addiction and said Greenawalt's actions had hurt the family emotionally and financially.
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June 13, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
LARRY STEPHENSON was 6 and his brother Darren was 5 when the father who was always present in their lives suddenly wasn't. They wondered about the steel bars when they traveled to visit him in a place their mother called "college. " But their young minds rationalized that there were signs for Cheyney University on the way, and their father did always greet them with math and reading tests. "It felt like an after-school program," Larry recalled, laughing. Only later did the brothers realize those tests were from a course for fellow inmates at Broadmeadows Prison.
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May 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
RAHMIK BECKETT humbly apologized yesterday for fatally shooting a man whom he believed was going to kill him, and for shooting at two Philadelphia police officers who happened upon the slaying. "It haunts me every time I close my eyes," said Beckett, 25, a former airport baggage handler. A jury in February convicted him of voluntary manslaughter, assault on a police officer and three handgun offenses. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi sentenced him to 20 to 40 years in state prison.
NEWS
April 18, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
SOMETIMES criminals evade detection by police and the media, even when they commit a series of savage assaults. That was the case with Matthew Jones, 30, who pleaded guilty in July to raping and battering four women in Frankford between May 2007 and his arrest in August 2012. Yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Donna Woelpper sentenced Jones to 35 to 100 years in state prison, noting the violence he had inflicted on his victims and calling him a danger to society and a poor candidate for rehabilitation.
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April 10, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
HAD IT NOT BEEN for the security cameras at the 60th Street Pizza restaurant in Southwest Philadelphia, Shaquir Johnson and his cousin Nasire Davis may have gotten away with the brutal beating they gave a man in front of the victim's family two years ago. But the cameras were rolling inside and outside the Chester Avenue eatery, capturing Johnson, then 19, and Davis, then 16, beating Charles Distin, 53, and dragging him outside to the sidewalk....
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April 6, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
CARLOS FIGUEROAFAGOT hasn't said why he got out of his car and tried to grab a 10-year-old girl from a South Philadelphia sidewalk the afternoon of July 17, 2012. But whatever his motive was, his actions were chilling and caused the girl to struggle for freedom as her 2-year-old brother screamed in terror. Figueroa-Fagot eventually fled empty-handed. The incident was captured on surveillance video, which led to Figueroa-Fagot's surrender days later and helped a jury in September convict him of attempted kidnapping and five related charges.
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April 6, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
COURTNEY WILSON was once a prominent member of the Remnant Church of God 7th Day, on Ogontz Avenue, near 77th Street in Cedarbrook. It was due to the position he held at the church that he came in contact with the teenage girls, whom he first befriended and later sexually assaulted. By the time Philadelphia police arrested Wilson in December 2011, he had violated at least five girls, including a relative. On Friday, Wilson, 58, was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in state prison for two counts of rape, three counts of corrupting the morals of a minor and related charges.
NEWS
March 13, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dottie Sandusky will appear on Today on Wednesday morning to discuss how her husband, Jerry, has adapted to life since he was sent to prison for child sexual abuse. The recorded interview with NBC's Matt Lauer will be the first such appearance for Dottie Sandusky since her husband's 2012 conviction. Jerry Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence at a state prison in Greene County, in southwestern Pennsylvania. The former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach was convicted of abusing 10 boys he met through the charity for underprivileged youth that he founded.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE SWEET nothings that lovers share, the passionate embraces and deep kisses that seem to slow down time, all go by the wayside when the clock's ticking and the guards are watching in a prison visiting room. "We can hug and kiss quickly when we first see each other, but that's it," said Kate Noxel, whose fiance, Jacob Angelilli, is incarcerated in Pennsylvania. "We're not allowed to hold hands. " As often as she can, Noxel drives about 80 miles, alone, from her home in Pottstown to see Angelilli at Camp Hill State Correctional Institution near Harrisburg, where she's searched and scrutinized.
NEWS
February 12, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA While serving 12 years in state prison for armed robbery and assault, Phillip Eric Weems renounced his violent past and wrote a book detailing the more enlightened path he planned to pursue upon his release. "White-collar crime is one of the most sophisticated rackets of illegal activity today," he said in his jailhouse manuscript. "Unlimited amounts of money can be made virtually overnight, and the parties involved usually face minimal and/or no consequences at all. " Weems was right about one thing.
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February 9, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JULIO ESQUILIN had nothing to say in court yesterday before a Philadelphia judge sentenced him to 50 to 100 years in state prison for savagely raping and beating two young children. Esquilin, 25, of Frankford, attacked the children in fall 2011, sending them to the hospital in critical condition. Both were the children of his two girlfriends. In September that year, Esquilin victimized a 3-year-old girl, knocking her front teeth out and raping her so severely that she suffered massive bleeding, Assistant District Attorney James Carpenter told Common Pleas Judge Denis P. Cohen during a sentencing hearing.
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