Courtwatch Reports

Sentence: 5-10 years incarceration

  • 10/5/2016
  • Commonwealth v. Tobin
  • Judge Charles Erlich
  • Philadelphia County
  • No Contest

“There are gun possession cases, then there are gun possession cases”

The final sentence was handed down to a defendant convicted of a Montgomery County gun show theft. more ›

Sentence: Parole, Community Service

  • 04/14/2016
  • Enter the name of the case in the format: PA V. Robert Russel
  • Judge Giovanni Campbell
  • Philadelphia County
  • Pled Guilty

“A defiance of authority”

On Thursday April 14, 2016 Kyle Greaves found himself in front of the honorable Judge Giovanni Campbell facing sentencing for crimes that exploited state reciprocity agreements and demonstrated a misguided desire to obtain firearms through any means necessary. On July 28th 2012, Mr. Greaves, along with an unnamed man engaged in a physical altercation with Jamal Douglas.  At one point, Mr. Douglas was thrown to the grown and was beaten.  Mr. Greaves was promptly arrested.  At that time, Mr. Greaves had a lawful Pennsylvania conceal/carry license (issued in Philadelphia) and a 9mm handgun.  Police confiscated both the gun and the permit and forwarded… more ›

Sentence: 4-8 Years in Prison and 7 years Probation

  • 01/14/2016
  • Commonwealth of PA v. Rafael Ramos
  • Judge Diana Anhalt
  • Philadelphia County
  • Conviction

A case about brothers

[content_block id=160 slug=court-watch]"This is really a case about brothers,” ADA JT Tartikoff said on the afternoon of January 14th.  Tartikoff, an assistant district attorney with the gun violence task force, was speaking at the sentencing hearing for Rafael Ramos.   Rafael Ramos and his brother Daniel committed a series of crimes that demonstrates how illegal guns flow into the streets of Philadelphia.  Daniel Ramos had a clean record; his brother Rafael did not.  Rafael went to a gun store with his brother and had Daniel purchase a gun for him.  Rafael later gave his brother money for the gun.  This was… more ›

Sentence: 15 Years Probation

  • 06/12/2015
  • Commonwealth of PA v. Snead
  • Honorable Donna Woelpper
  • Philadelphia County
  • Pled Guilty

“It was a Doozy!”

In the summer of 2013, David Snead ignored a stop sign at the corner of 10th and Brown.  His car, which displayed bullet holes, was pulled over two blocks away.  The officer on the scene, Officer Ferrero, noticed odd behavior from Mr. Snead.  This led to a vehicle search which revealed drugs, a scale, bags, and $1,500, as well as a Hi-Point 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a gym bag containing sixty-nine Winchester 9mm rounds.  At the time, of this incident Mr. Snead did not have a license to carry a firearm, despite being legally able to obtain one.  Mr. Snead… more ›

Sentence: 21-42 years of incarceration

  • 07/25/2014
  • PA vs. Thomas and Charles Shields
  • Judge Edward Wright
  • Philadelphia County
  • Guilty: Aggravated Assault; Conspiracy; Attempted Murder

Brothers Convicted for a “Vicious and Brutal” Shooting get 21-42 Years Behind Bars

On Thursday, July 25, 2014, the Shields brothers—Charles and Thomas--sat in a Philadelphia courtroom, each facing a maximum sentence of 60 years behind bars. Both brothers had multiple prior convictions for such crimes as straw purchasing, home invasion, witness intimidation, gun-point robbery, illegal gun possession, grand theft auto, and multiple drug charges. However, in this particular case, the brothers had outdone themselves. more ›

Sentence: 4/12 - 15 years State Incarceration

  • 7/21/2014
  • PA vs. Hakeem Burly
  • Judge Charles Ehrlich
  • Philadelphia County
  • Guilty: Illegal Possession of Gun

Man Involved in South Philly Shootout Gets Serious Jail time

On July 21, 2014, the Honorable Judge Charles Ehrlich sentenced Hakeem Burly to 4 ½ to 15 years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, and violating his parole. Burly has multiple prior convictions, including robbery and gun crimes. Beginning in his teen years Burly was arrested 5 times and convicted 3 times. Then in April 2012, Burly was found in possession of a loaded .45 caliber handgun, while he was on parole for a previous crime. This is his second adult conviction. He is only 25 years old. more ›

Sentence: 23 months incarceration-3 years probation

  • 07/11/2014
  • PA vs. James Jackson
  • Judge Daniel Anders
  • Philadelphia County
  • Guilty: Illegal Possesion

Man Uses Newly Wed Wife to Buy Gun: Shoots Pimp in the Back

After unsuccessfully attempting to purchase a gun from a Philadelphia gun shop and a Bucks County gun shop over a five-week period, Jackson did the next best thing—he got married and brought his new wife to a Philadelphia gun shop to purchase the 9mm handgun in question just ten days after their wedding. On both prior occasions, Jackson lied about his corruption conviction, but the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) caught him in the lie and denied his purchase. However, his new wife had no such conviction. Despite the fact that the PA State Police were notified of his wife’s… more ›

Sentence: 3-6 years, 2 years probation

  • 07/08/2014
  • PA vs. Darnell White
  • Judge Sierra Thomas-Street
  • Philadelphia County
  • Guilty: Fellon in Possession of Firearm; Carrying a Firearm Without a License

Mother Caught in Crossfire: Man involved Claims no Intent to Harm

On July 8, 2014, the Honorable Judge Sierra Thomas Street sentenced Darnell White to 3 to 6 years in prison for carrying an unlicensed firearm and 2 years of probation for illegally possessing a firearm.  White has a long criminal history, including multiple offenses involving firearms. During his teen years White was arrested and adjudicated delinquent on five separate occasions.  These incidents resulted in convictions that included robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, and numerous gun crimes.  All of White’s crimes were committed in the same small area of South Philadelphia. The gun charges for which White was just sentenced,… more ›

Sentence: 28 ½-57 years of incarceration.

  • 02/20/2014
  • PA V. Heath
  • Judge Nina Wright-Padilla
  • Philadelphia County
  • Multiple Gun Charges, Attempted Murder, and Aggravated Assault

West Philly Man Sentenced in Shooting of 2 Men in Case of Mistaken Identity

On February 20, 2014, defendant Arthur Heath sat in front of the Honorable Nina Wright-Padilla awaiting his sentence on a litany of charges, including attempted murder, aggravated assault, and multiple gun charges. The charges stemmed from a shooting that occurred in April 2010 in which the defendant shot two men exiting a corner store. To make matters worse, the two men were not Heath’s intended victims; but rather the victims of mistaken identity. more ›

Sentence: 11 1/2 - 23 months in prison, 5 years probation

  • 01/28/2014
  • PA V. Antonio Williams
  • Judge Michael Erdos
  • Philadelphia County
  • Possessing a gun without a license

Schizophrenic Man Threatens Neighbor with a Gun

On January 28th, 2014 Antonio Williams sat in courtroom 805 in front of Court ofCommon Pleas Judge Michael Erdos. Williams was charged, and plead guilty to, possessing a gun without a license [VUFA 6106] and carrying an unlicensed gun in the streets of Philadelphia [VUFA 6108]. In February 2013, Williams stole his sister's handgun and threatened a neighbor with it. Williams also has two prior convictions for simple assault, and aggravated assault. more ›

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