Philadelphia, March 8, 2010: 25 year old Nafis Stokes is now waiting for sentencing after a jury found him guilty of Aggravated Assault, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, and other related offenses for the shooting of a teenage boy on January 8, 2007. Melvin Lighty, who was 14 at the time, was shot near 24th and Norris streets after a group of men decided that he disrespected them by telling them they were on the wrong block. Lighty and a friend were fired at by the group while the teens ran for safety. Lighty was hit three times, in the back, elbow and groin. Nafis Stokes was the only gunman the victim was able to identify.
“The courage of this young victim, along with the hard work of ADA Robert Lynch has helped put a true menace behind bars,” says District Attorney Seth Williams.
Nafis Stokes is scheduled to be sentenced on April 15, 2010.