May 30, 2013: The Honorable Jeffrey P. Minehart of the Court of Common Pleas today sentenced 20-year-old India Spellman to thirty years to life in prison for the shooting death of a World War II veteran. Spellman was found guilty of Second Degree Murder and other related charges at a waiver trial in February.
On August 18, 2010, Spellman, who was 17 years old at the time, shot and killed George Greaves. Mr. Greaves, an 87-year-old veteran of the Second World War, was gunned down in his driveway in the Cedarbrook section of the city. Spellman shot the victim while she and her cohort, a 14-year-old boy, were trying to rob Mr. Greaves. Spellman and her co-defendant also robbed a home healthcare aide on the street less than two hours before the murder of Mr. Greaves.
Assistant District Attorneys Jacqueline Coelho, Chesley Lightsey, and Thomas Lipscomb successfully prosecuted this case.