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Boy's family weeps as his killer gets 6 to 12 years

philly.com — Last updated: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 10:42 PM Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:56 PM In a decision that triggered tears and anger from the family of a dead 3-year-old boy, a Philadelphia judge Thursday sentenced a Roxborough man to six to 12 years in prison for beating his girlfriend's child to stop him from crying.

Boy's family weeps as his killer gets 6-12 year term

philly.com — Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2015, 12:56 PM In a sentence that triggered tears and anger from the family of the dead 3-year-old boy, a Philadelphia judge on Thursday ordered a Roxborough man to spend 6 to 12 years in prison for beating his girlfriend's child to stop it from crying.

Teen says he stabbed mom after she told him to clean his room

philly.com — Last updated: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12:24 PM Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 12:23 PM A 19-year-old Bridesburg man who told police he stabbed his mother to death after arguing about cleaning his room was held for trial on murder Wednesday by a Philadelphia judge.

Man held for trial in killing of son of S. Jersey NAACP official

philly.com — Last updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 4:15 PM A Camden man was ordered Tuesday to stand trial for the Jan. 24 murder of a son of a South Jersey NAACP official in a predawn shooting outside a Feltonville after-hours club.

Trial delay for judge who ran a rental business out of his chambers

philly.com — Posted: Monday, April 13, 2015, 12:26 PM The criminal conflict of interest trial of former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. was postponed Monday after a veteran Center City lawyer joined his defense team. Nino Tinari appeared with defense attorney W. Fred Harrison Jr.

Guilty plea in murder of boy, 3, who wouldn't stop crying

philly.com — Posted: Monday, April 13, 2015, 11:27 AM Already convicted and sentenced in the beating death of a 3-year-old boy, a Roxborough man pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder in the same crime.

Admitted killer apologizes during sentencing

philly.com — Last updated: Friday, April 10, 2015, 5:08 PM Words are often inadequate and arguably never more so than Friday, when Keith "King" Tolbert tried to apologize to the family of Francis Zarzycki for killing and dismembering him and scattering his body.

Artist who blew up his right hand sentenced to 1-1/2 to 3 years in prison

philly.com — Last updated: Friday, April 10, 2015, 3:29 PM Calling him "brilliant," "tortured" and "dangerous to us all," a Philadelphia judge sentenced a Germantown artist Friday to 1-1/2 to 3 years in prison for the explosion last May that blew off most of his right hand.

After two hung juries, priest accused of sexually assaulting boy will not be retried

philly.com — Last updated: Friday, April 10, 2015, 1:47 PM After two Philadelphia juries failed to reach a verdict in 12 months, the District Attorney's Office announced Friday it would not retry Rev. Andrew McCormick, a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy almost 18 years ago in a Bridesburg parish.

Nursing student moonlighting as pimp pleads guilty in dismemberment

philly.com — Last updated: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:01 PM A Center City man who was going to nursing school while working as a pimp pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder in the 2013 death and dismemberment of a "john" he had set up to be robbed.
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Apr 17, 2015

An alleged murderer, his lawyer, too much information and the lawyer-client privilege: a Philly lawyer's dilemma. bit.ly/1cDRDF9

Apr 16, 2015

'This has ripped my heart out' - Philly mom at sentencing of ex-boyfriend who beat 3-yr-old son to death for crying. bit.ly/1IiEzyJ

Apr 16, 2015

Roxboro man gets 6-12 yrs in prison in beating death of girlfriend's 3-yr old boy; child's family angry. More to come.

Apr 15, 2015

Relatives of Philly murder victims go to court to support others. bit.ly/1yvXiXD

Apr 15, 2015

'Clean up your room.' Bridesburg man, 19, responds by stabbing mom to death. Will face trial for murder. bit.ly/1FU0bkI

Apr 14, 2015

Camden man held for trial on murder in shooting of son of SJ NAACP official outside N Philly after-hours club. bit.ly/1CWVPVI

Apr 14, 2015

Camden man held for trial on murder in slaying of Alejandro Rojas-Garcia, son of Glouco NAACP leader, and wounding of another. More to come.

Apr 13, 2015

A new lawyer and a delay to 7/20 in conflict of interest trial of former Philly judge Willis W. Berry Jr. bit.ly/1aX8Usg

Apr 13, 2015

Serving 5-10 in beating death of 3-yr old boy, Roxboro's Joseph Zysk pleads guilty to 3d-degree mur. in same crime. bit.ly/1yopAU5

Apr 13, 2015

Conflict of interest trial of ex-Philly judge Willis Berry off til 7/28 as veteran lawyer Nino Tinari joins W. Fred Harrison Jr. to defend.

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