First Degree Murder Verdicts

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August 16, 2012:  23-year-old Antonio Rodriguez was convicted of three counts of First Degree Murder today by the Honorable Jeffrey Minehart and immediately sentenced to three consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole.  Rodriguez was also convicted of three counts of Rape, three counts of Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, and three counts of Abuse of Corpse; he was sentenced to 10- 20 years each for the three Rape charges, 10-20 years each for the three Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse charges, and 1- 2 years each for the three Abuse of Corpse charges to be served concurrently with the life sentences. 

21-year-old Elaine Goldberg, 35-year-old Nicole Piacentini, and 27-year-old Casey Mahoney were all brutally murdered and raped by Rodriguez in the Kensington section of Philadelphia in 2010.  Police were able to work up a composite drawing of Rodriguez after intensive investigation, and he was quickly apprehended after that drawing was shown to the public.  Rodriguez was identified through DNA, and he also confessed to killing all three women to Philadelphia Police on several different occasions.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Elaine Goldberg, Nicole Piacentini, and Casey Mahoney,” said District Attorney Seth Williams.  “I can not begin to imagine the pain you are going through, but I hope this verdict will give you some sense of justice.  I would also like to commend Assistant District Attorneys Carlos Vega and Bridget Kirn for their hard work on this truly brutal and horrific case.  Thanks to you Rodriguez will now have the rest of his life in prison dealing with the consequences of his terrible actions.  I would also like to applaud the Philadelphia Police Department for their tremendous work in this case.  The city of Philadelphia is a little bit safer tonight now that Antonio Rodriguez will be spending the rest of his life behind bars. ”

 


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