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April 9, 1992 | By Paul Maryniak, Daily News Staff Writer
A local judge "erroneously refused" to consider a tire iron as a deadly weapon when she gave probation to a white man convicted in the 1989 killing of an Hispanic teen-ager, a state Superior Court panel ruled. As a result, the panel in a 2-1 decision yesterday ordered Common Pleas Judge Lisa Richette to re-sentence Francis "Buzz" Scullin, 24, of Mantua, N.J., for killing Stephen Crespo, 15, of Feltonville, and either send him to jail or explain why she was deviating from sentencing guidelines.
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April 14, 1989 | By Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
"My grandmother hated me, and I hated her back," said Karen Ann Phillips, 21, in a statement to police. Yesterday, a Common Pleas jury convicted Phillips of the April 30, 1988, fatal beating and stabbing of her grandmother, Lucy Martin, 71. Judge Joseph D. O'Keefe immediately sentenced Phillips to life in prison. "I will be back," shouted Phillips, of Susquehanna Avenue near Emerald Street, as sheriff's deputies led her from the courtroom. Assistant District Attorney Roger King said Phillips went to Martin's apartment on Kensington Avenue near Somerset Street at 3:45 a.m. and used a tire iron to kill the elderly woman.
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June 22, 1996 | by Myung Oak Kim, Joe O'Dowd and Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writer Marisol Bello contributed to this report
As Aimee Willard's parents bravely read a prepared statement describing their loss, police continued to search for clues in the slaying of their star athlete daughter. A Nike logo tattoo on the suburban 22-year-old's right leg helped identify her nude, battered, body that was found on a weedy lot in North Philadelphia. Yesterday her mother, surrounded by weeping relatives and friends, referred to the Nike slogan which she said defined her daughter's spirit: Life is short. Play hard.
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January 1, 1998 | By Brian Thevenot, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Police are searching for a man in connection with three robberies at separate hair salons. In each robbery, a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and brandishing a tire iron escaped with all the cash in the register, police said. Descriptions of the assailant from all three robberies were virtually identical, said Evesham Detective Bill Kennedy. He said that police did not know why the hair salons were being targeted, but that the department had taken steps to warn the more than 20 salons in the area.
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January 18, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County jury took a little more than an hour to convict Christopher Kornberger yesterday of hitting a Waterford woman with a tire iron and attempting to rape her. Kornberger, 22, now will be sent to Burlington County, where he could face the death penalty if convicted of killing Krista DeFrancesco, a young mother found stabbed to death outside her Evesham home in 2003. Kornberger was charged with going on a rampage between February and November of that year, killing DeFrancesco and attacking two other women in Burlington County.
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February 4, 1995 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Magnolia man was arrested early yesterday and is a suspect in several gas-station robberies that occurred during the last week in Camden and Burlington Counties. Brian Griffiths, 25, was arrested shortly before 6 a.m. while driving on the White Horse Pike in Oaklyn, minutes after a gas-station attendant in Voorhees was threatened with a tire iron, police said. The robber had fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, they said. Detective Lt. John Prettyman of the Voorhees Police Department said the suspect drove into the Extra gas station at Burnt Mill and Evesham Roads at 5:42 a.m. and, while the unidentified attendant was filling the gas tank, pulled out a tire iron, threatened him, and robbed him. The attendant ran into the gas-station office and called police as the suspect fled in a white car. Minutes later, Griffiths was arrested.
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May 1, 1990 | By Tom Cooney, Daily News Staff Writer
Ex-MOVE defense minister Alfonso Robbins Africa was freed from prison over the weekend after serving every day of a five-year maximum sentence for making terroristic threats to a Philadelphia policeman. Now he can return to the Southwest Philadelphia MOVE house on 56th Street near Chester Avenue, which he owns with his wife. The house appears to be the only remaining MOVE compound in the city, since the infamous Osage Avenue dwelling was destroyed by a police bomb in 1985, killing 11 persons.
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July 26, 1989 | By Kathy Brennan, Daily News Staff Writer
The man accused of hiding the tire iron that killed Stephen Crespo on the Fourth of July surrendered to police last evening. John DeHorsey, 21, of Disston Street near Loretto in Lawndale, was charged with conspiracy and hindering an apprehension. DeHorsey gave himself up at the Police Administration Building, 8th and Race streets, about 6 p.m. Police said DeHorsey picked up the tire iron that had been used to strike 15-year-old Crespo on the head during an altercation between two groups of youths in Tacony Park in the Feltonville section.
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January 6, 1998 | By Eric Dyer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Marlton man has been charged with three armed robberies at hair salons and a purse-snatching in a grocery parking lot, all occurring within 48 hours early last week. Stephen Moss, 35, was arrested Saturday night, police said. He was arraigned yesterday in Burlington County Superior Court on four counts of robbery. Each carries a possible 15 years in prison. Police initially sought Moss in the robbery of a woman's purse outside the Shop Rite supermarket on Route 70 last Tuesday night.
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May 8, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
John DeHorsey, 23, emerged from his involvement in the highly inflammatory killing of 14-year-old Stephen Crespo in Tacony Park in 1989 with a probationary sentence. But DeHorsey, who had pleaded no defense to accusations that he disposed of the tire iron that killed Crespo, has always dreamed of being a cop. He can't be a cop with a criminal record. So, yesterday, Common Pleas Judge Lisa A. Richette, who had convicted DeHorsey of misdemeanor charges in the Crespo case, reluctantly allowed him to take back his no defense plea.
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April 30, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUENA VISTA TWP., N.J. The two men's heads and hands were cut off with a drywall saw and scissors, authorities said. And when police found the bodies of Hany Tawadros, 25, and Amgad Konds, 27, in a wooded area of Atlantic County, the teeth had been knocked out with a tire iron. On Monday, more than a year after the discovery, the Attorney General's Office announced that a state grand jury had indicted Yusuf Ibrahim, 29, of Jersey City. Ibrahim, according to the 16-count indictment, faces murder, kidnapping, desecration of human remains, and other charges.
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November 9, 2012 | By Michael Graczyk, Associated Press
HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A man described as a fledgling serial killer by prosecutors was executed Thursday in Texas for a woman's slaying during a break-in at her home a decade ago. Mario Swain, 33, received a lethal injection for killing Lola Nixon, 46, at her home in East Texas' Longview two days after Christmas in 2002. Evidence showed he threw her body into the trunk of her BMW, drove to a remote area outside of the city about 120 miles east of Dallas, and dumped it into the backseat of an abandoned car. Swain was asked by a warden whether he had a final statement before his punishment.
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October 4, 2012 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has refused a prosecution plea to reinstate Wednesday's execution of condemned Philadelphia killer Terrance Williams. At about 3:45 p.m., the court in a one-sentence order denied the District Attorney's emergency motion and ordered court personnel to draft a schedule for filing legal briefs and, perhaps, an oral argument. The state's high court decision let stand last Friday's ruling by Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina that the 1986 trial prosecutor made Williams' death sentence more likely by withholding informtion that Williams was sexually molested by his victim.
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March 27, 2012 | By Stephanie Farr, Daily News Staff Writer
All charges have been withdrawn against two of the three juveniles accused in an incident in which a cabdriver and his passenger were assaulted in Center City in January, and a third teen has been given probation after pleading guilty to a single count of simple assault. Assistant District Attorney Paul Goldman said Monday that after a "very thorough investigation," it was determined that two of the teens who were charged had not participated in the assault. The third teen hit the passenger with an open hand through the window of the cab after the two exchanged words, he said.
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January 31, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225
UNIVERSITY of Pennsylvania senior Brian Goldman was in a cab on his way to a date Saturday night when he and his cabbie became victims of a random, violent attack by a group of teens at a Center City intersection - and he says dozens of people stood by and did nothing. In fear for his life, Goldman fled the attack and remained unidentified until yesterday, when he penned a column about his experience in Penn's school newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. In an interview with the Daily News last night, Goldman, 21, of Queens, N.Y., said that when he wrote the column, he was unaware that the attack had been reported to police, let alone that it had become a news story.
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January 30, 2012 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, farrs@phillynews.com215-854-4225
UNIVERSITY of Pennsylvania senior Brian Goldman was in a cab on his way to a date Saturday night when he and his cabbie became victims of a random, violent attack by a group of teens at a Center City intersection - and he says dozens of people stood by and did nothing. In fear for his life, Goldman fled the attack and remained unidentified until Monday, when he penned a column about his experience in Penn's school newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian. In an interview with the Daily News on Monday night, Goldman, 21, of Queens, N.Y., said that when he wrote the column he was unaware that the attack had been reported to police, let alone that it had become a news story.
NEWS
September 3, 2009
FOR THOSE WHO are floating on a cloud of self-righteousness after drinking the Michael Vick Second ChanceĀ® Kool-Aid, here's a chance to widen your circle of compassion. While the millionaire ex-felon got his "second chance," what about the 48,000 other Philadelphians on parole or probation right now? They're not all unemployed, but enough are. About 80 percent committed misdemeanors, leaving roughly 10,000, mostly male, who are ex-felons, just like Vick. Many need a "second chance," a job - and they'll work for less than $1.6 million.
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February 22, 2008 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 23-year-old Evesham man accused of killing one woman and assaulting two others in a 2003 rampage yesterday pleaded guilty in Superior Court to one of the assaults. Christopher Kornberger surprised prosecutors with his plea, which prompted Judge Thomas Smith Jr. to postpone his trial on the other charges until Tuesday. Smith will decide Monday whether to accept Kornberger's plea. "There was no plea agreement. We didn't anticipate this," said Deputy First Assistant James Ronca, of the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.
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January 18, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County jury took a little more than an hour to convict Christopher Kornberger yesterday of hitting a Waterford woman with a tire iron and attempting to rape her. Kornberger, 22, now will be sent to Burlington County, where he could face the death penalty if convicted of killing Krista DeFrancesco, a young mother found stabbed to death outside her Evesham home in 2003. Kornberger was charged with going on a rampage between February and November of that year, killing DeFrancesco and attacking two other women in Burlington County.
NEWS
May 19, 2006
IF I'D STAYED in my upper-middle-class suburban neighborhood, I might agree with columnist Jill Porter and those opposed to firearms. If I hadn't experienced someone else's hands on my person, I might say that I never needed to defend myself in this city. Those who cry for gun control were probably never in a position to defend themselves, or someone they love. Ms. Porter should walk in the shoes of those who couldn't fend off the strength of another, where using a gun would be the only means to stay alive.
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