August 8, 2011: Commonwealth v. Melvin McLaughlin: 21 year old Melvin McLaughlin was sentenced to 20 to 45 years in prison today by the Honorable Ellen Ceisler for Attempted Murder and other related charges. In January of 2010 the defendant opened fired on a busy residential block in West Philadelphia, hitting his intended victim 28 times. The shooting took place in broad daylight just a few feet away from a daycare center, and a half a block away from a grade school where children were playing at recess. Midway through a jury trial the defendant pleaded guilty to all charges. ADA Lorraine Donnelly successfully prosecuted this case.
August 8, 2011: Commonwealth v. Clinton Robinson: Clinton Robinson was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison today for Manslaughter and other related charges by the Honorable Joan Brown. Robinson has to serve this sentence consecutively with several other sentences, and in all is looking at 17 to 35 years in prison. In 2002 Robinson shot the victim, Walter Smith, in the hand during an argument over gambling money. Smith survived the shooting; but an innocent bystander, a 53 year old grandmother named Margaret Thomas, was shot and killed. ADA Nicholas Liermann successfully prosecuted this case.
August 8, 2011: Commonwealth v. Steven Mondevergine: Steven “Gorilla” Mondevergine pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault and other related charges today for a shooting inside a motorcycle club in 2008. The victim, who survived the attack, was shot in the knee and stabbed in the back. Mondevergine was immediately sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison after entering the guilty plea today. Deputy of the Special Operations Unit Brian Grady successfully prosecuted this case.