Philadelphia, August 17, 2010: Today, a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the murder trial of 35-year old Eric Deshann Floyd and 41-year old Levon T. Warner. The Honorable Renee Hughes then sentenced Floyd and Warner to life in prison without the possibility of parole. This penalty was imposed after a hearing, which followed a trial at which both men were found guilty, on July 28, of first degree murder, for their involvement in the shooting death of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski.
Sgt. Liczbinksi was killed on May 3, 2008 following the robbery of a Bank of America branch inside a Port Richmond grocery store. Sgt. Liczbinski attempted to apprehend Floyd, Warner and a third man, Howard Cain, who were together in a car, fleeing from the robbery.
When Sgt. Liczbinski eventually stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Almond and Schiller Streets, someone in the car encouraged Cain to shoot Sgt. Liczbinski. Floyd was the get-away driver, and Warner handed Cain the assault weapon just moments before Cain shot Sgt. Liczbinski multiple times with the assault weapon, leaving Sgt. Liczbinski mortally wounded. Cain was shot and killed by police as they attempted to take him into custody a short time later.
Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski was a 12-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police force. He was killed just three days shy of his 40th birthday. He leaves behind his wife Michelle, and three children.
ADA Jude Conroy successfully prosecuted this case, and today’s sentencing concludes an emotional six week long trial.
“This was a horrible crime that affected the entire City of Philadelphia,” says District Attorney Seth Williams. “The loss of Sgt. Liczbinski was felt not only by his adoring family, but also by the brave men and women he served with on the Philadelphia Police Department, and the countless civilian lives he protected while on duty. I am extremely proud of ADA Jude Conroy; he did an excellent job on this case. Floyd and Warner will have to spend the rest of their lives behind bars dealing with the consequences of their terrible actions. My thoughts and prayers are with Michelle and the Liczbinski children, and I hope this will give them some sense of justice.”