July 26, 2011: Commonwealth v. Joseph Harville: 22 year old Joseph Harville was found guilty of Murder, Conspiracy, Burglary and other related offense today and sentenced to Life in Prison without the possibility of parole. Harville shot and killed 25 year old Nicholas Pisano inside the doorway of the victim’s Old City apartment in 2008 during a burglary and attempted robbery. ADA Richard Sax successfully prosecuted this case.
July 22, 2011: Commonwealth v. Mia Byrd: 18 year old Mia Byrd was convicted of Robbery and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Robbery charges today for a brutal attack in 2008. The defendant along with an unnamed conspirator On September 4, 2008, the defendant along with a 17-year-old savagely assaulted a 24-yr-old woman at a bus stop on September 4, 2008, where the defendant repeatedly punched and kicked the victim while trying to steal her purse. Sentencing is scheduled for September 23, 2011 in courtroom 1001. ADA Kendra McCrae successfully prosecuted this case.
July 15, 2011: Commonwealth v. Thomas Lardani: Thomas Lardani was found guilty of Burglary and Criminal Trespass charges today by a jury of his peers. On December 11, 2007 the defendant confronted a 41year old man who returned to his home in the middle of the day to find Lardani walking out the front door. The victim then tried to apprehend Lardani running after his getaway vehicle while on the phone with 911. This conviction represents a 2nd strike for the defendant who was convicted of 12 separate residential burglaries in 1991 and 1994. Sentencing is scheduled for September 8, 2011 in courtroom 1001. ADA Kendra McCrae successfully prosecuted this case.
June 24, 2011: Commonwealth v. Donald Jeffrey: Donald Jeffrey was found guilty by a jury of his peers of Aggravated Assault and other related charges for a 2009 attack with an axe. The defendant viciously attacked a 54 year old man in front of the victim’s house with an axe, striking him multiple times in the head on February 11, 2009. This event was witnessed by a Good Samaritan and several Philadelphia Police Officers. The first trial resulted in a mistrial on November 30, 2009 before the Honorable Judge Bright. Sentencing is scheduled for September 16, 2011 in courtroom 1001. ADA Kendra McCrae successfully prosecuted this case.