April 29, 2011: Commonwealth v. Kenneth Williams: 51 year old Kenneth Williams was found guilty today of Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault, Terroristic Threats and other related charges for an attack that took place in May of 2008. On that date the defendant hired cab driver William Millburn to drive him around the city. When Mr. Millburn refused to turn down a dark, unsafe street, Williams pulled out a knife and demanded money. The victim at that point stopped the car and attempted to flee. Williams followed the victim, tackled him to the ground, stole his money and bit off a piece of Mr. Millburn’s ear. The defendant then took Mr. Millburn’s car and sped off, with Mr. Millburn clinging to the bumper. Williams crashed the vehicle and was apprehended almost immediately. The defendant will be sentenced in courtroom 601 on June 28, 2011. ADA Jill Fertel successfully prosecuted this case.
April 29, 2011: Commonwealth v. Joseph McGrath: 27 year old Joseph McGrath pleaded guilty today to Aggravated Assault and Criminal Conspiracy for a 2010 attack that nearly killed a man. On March 9, 2010, 26 year old Neil Laun was nearly stomped to death by McGrath in the Kensington section of the city. The victim had left his home to buy a gallon of milk when McGrath confronted him about money that Mr. Laun’s ex-girlfriend owed the defendant. Neil Laun tried to ignore the defendant but was grabbed, punched and knocked to the ground. McGrath then proceeded to stomp on the victim, nearly killing him. Neil Laun suffered multiple facial fractures, two broken ribs, four broken vertebrae and a collapsed lung. Doctors say if McGrath had hit Mr. Laun one more time he definitely would have died. The defendant was 6’5” and weighed 300 lbs at the time of incident. Joseph McGrath will be sentenced on June 10, 2011 in courtroom 605. At that time he will also be sentenced for Witness Intimidation, Conspiracy, and Murder Solicitation for two other cases he pleaded guilty in. ADA Andrew Notaristefano successfully prosecuted this case.