Friday, February 15, 2013
Brendan Pierce was convicted of the first-degree murder of 16-year old Dominique Devlin in 2011.
According to The Times Herald, Brendan Pierce, the Norristown man convicted in November of killing 16-year-old Dominique Devlin in July in 2011, was sentenced on Wednesday, Feb. 13, to life in prison. "I have no doubt, Mr. Pierce, that you planned this murder, committed this murder and it was done for revenge," Judge Thomas C. Branca reportedly said during sentencing. "It was done out of a cold, calculated action." Read more about the sentencing on the Herald's website and read more about the trial and the history of the case here: --- Related Stories Family Members of Those Affected Most Comment on Violence in Norristown
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Jeremiah White, 19, of the 400 block of North Charlotte Street, allegedly stole a Ford Expedition on Jan. 5 from Norristown, and later crashed it in a Hatfield Township accident, police said.
Jeremiah White's stomach allegedly got him in trouble with the law — and he is now headed to county trial on, among other offenses, a felony receiving stolen property charge. White, 19, of the 400 block of North Charlotte Street, Pottstown, waived charges of felony receiving stolen property, misdemeanor accidents involving damage to another vehicle, failing to stop and render aid and following a vehicle too closely Tuesday at Montgomery Township district court, according to The Reporter. White is free on $10,000 unsecured bail, which District Judge Andrea Duffy granted at his preliminary hearing, according to court records. Assistant District Attorney Laura Adshead told The Reporter that the bail reduction was requested and granted due to …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Sentencing is reportedly scheduled for February 2013.
Brendan Pierce, the 20-year-old Norristown man on trial for the murder of 16-year-old Dominque Devlin in July 2011 has been found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury on Wednesday. According to The Times Herald, the jury deliberated just over three hours and returned with a unanimous guilty on all charges verdict. The teen victim's mother, Kimberly Spearman, reportedly told the Herald that "justice had been served." Pierce has been remanded to prison and is currently awaiting sentencing, scheduled for February of next year. Read more about the trial and the history of the case here:
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Defendant Brendan Pierce testified that he did not kill Dominique Devlin.
According to The Times Herald, testimony in the trial of 20-year-old Brendan Pierce continued on Tuesday with the defendant taking the stand to tell his version of events on the night 16-year old Dominique Devlin was shot and killed in an alley on July 20, 2011 in Norristown. Pierce reportedly told the court that he had met with Devlin that night to engage in a sex act, but the pair was interrupted by an unidentified figure and Pierce was hit over the head, doused with bleach and robbed. Pierce reportedly said he heard the gunshots, but did not kill Devlin. Prosecutors allege that Pierce did, in fact, kill Devlin, with whom he reportedly had had a relationship at one time. They say that Devlin's murder was in retaliation for her …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
20-year-old Brendan Pierce is on trial for the midnight murder of 16-year-old Dominique Devlin in July 2011.
According to The Times Herald, testimony in the trial of 20-year-old Brendan Pierce began on Wednesday, Nov. 7, and prosecutors outlined the case against Norristown man accused of shooting 16-year old Dominique Devlin in an alley on July 20, 2011. Pierce was 18 at the time of the shooting. Prosecutors allege that Pierce killed Devlin, with whom he reportedly had had a relationship at one time, in retaliation for her involvement in an attempted home invasion on July 6, 2011 in which Pierce was a target. "'You know that [expletive] Dom set me up. That [expletive] has got to pay,'" Assistant District Attorney Colleen McIntyre reportedly said in her opening arguments, quoting witnesses statements to police. Assistant District Attorney Nathan …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Frank Roselli, of Norristown, reportedly rejected a plea deal to go to trail and will now face up to 50 years in prison for his unsuccessful burglary of a Norristown home.
Norristown Patch reported back in April of this year on Frank Roselli's unsuccessful attempt to burglarize a Norristown home. Roselli was reportedly captured by the hockey stick-wielding homeowner who came home and caught him in the act. According to The Times Herald, the 44-year-old Roselli (Original reports and some court documents give his age as 25, but those same court documents list prior burglary convictions as early as 1989.) was sentenced on Tuesday, July 10, to 25 to 50 years in prison for that burglary. The stiff sentence was a result of Pennsylvania's "Three Strikes" law aimed at violent and repeat offenders. "We offered Mr. Roselli a reasonable sentence, based on the circumstances and his criminal history. He chose to turn …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Additional charges stack up against Gary Romano.
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Friday, June 15, 2012
Gary Romano, 56, of Norristown is facing additional charges of child pornography of a federal level, according to a report on CBS Local. These will be added to charges of child pornography and molestation charges, which had been filed first back in February 2012. Romano was charged with assaulting a toddler, and up until his arrest was also continuing his posts on sites like Craigslist and Sittercity.com for babysitting services, said CBS's article. CBS notes that authorities have unsealed indictment charges. They claim Romano was "using an underage child to engage in sexually explicit conduct in October and November 2009 in order to produce an image of that conduct," said the article. Images which contained child pornography were removed …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Brenden Pierce is accused of murdering 16-year-old Dominique Devlin in July of last year in retaliation for a botched home invasion she helped plan against him.
According to The Times Herald, the trial of 20 year-old Brenden Pierce was scheduled to begin this week with jury selection on Monday, April 23, but a request for a continuance by the defense was granted by Judge Thomas Branca on Friday, April 20. Pierce is accused of shooting and killing 16-year-old Dominique Devlin on July 20, 2011, in retribution for allegedly setting him up to be robbed in a home invasion earlier in the year. The home invasion was botched by the actors who were taken into custody by police the night of the intended robbery. Assistant District Attorney Nathan Schadler told the Herald the trial may not begin until the fall. Read more about the continuance here. --- Related Stories Dominique Devlin,16, Killed in Midnight …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Frank Roselli was found guilty of burglarizing a Norristown home last week. It was his third first-degree felony conviction.
According to The Times Herald, 25-year-old Frank Roselli was found guilty last week of burglarizing a DeKalb Street home in 2011. This is reportedly Roselli's third first-degree felony conviction and he faces a sentence of up to 25 years to life in prison. Roselli was reportedly caught when the homeowner returned home shortly after midnight on Jan. 19 and found him in the garage pulling a rolling suitcase and carrying a laptop computer, an iPad and two champagne bottles he had taken from the house. The owner picked up a hockey stick outside the house and pursued Roselli inside through the house, out into the street and around the block, threatening to hit him if he did not drop the belongings. The chase apparently never got faster than …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Brenden Pierce, accused of murdering 16-year-old Dominique Devlin in July, will plead not guilty to murder according to his attorney.
According to a story on Philly.com, Defense attorney Rick Tompkins, counsel for accused murderer Brenden Pierce, told Judge Thomas C. Branca at Peirce's arraignment last week that he would be pleading "Not Guilty" when he faces a jury at his trial set for April 23. Pierce is being charged in connection with the shooting death of 16-year-old Dominique Devlin in July. According to the affidavit, Pierce lured Devlin, who the DA described as an ex-girlfriend, to an alley off of East Basin Street near Green Street and shot her in retribution for setting him up in a botched home invasion attempt earlier in July. Pierce's family has maintained his innocence from the beginning and claim the two were never a couple. Tompkins requested bail for …