One of two men charged in the Thanksgiving morning 2015 robbery and slaying of a Port Richmond man pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree murder, robbery, and other charges before a Philadelphia judge.
Keanan Glenn was accused of being the getaway driver in a series of predawn thefts and robberies that culminated at 5 a.m. in the shooting of Ryan Kelly, 21.
Kelly, an aspiring culinary student, was killed a short distance from his house in the 3500 block of Almond Street as he walked home from a nearby convenience store.
In addition to murder and robbery charges involving Kelly’s shooting, Glenn, 22, of Middletown, Del., pleaded guilty to conspiracy; robbery; theft; and gun counts involving the theft of a wallet, a stolen car, and the gunpoint robbery of a woman that morning.
Assistant District Attorney Bridget Kirn and defense lawyer Gregory J. Pagano outlined the basic terms of Glenn’s plea agreement but did not say if it involved his cooperation or testimony against the alleged shooter, David Ramos Jr.
Kirn said only that the 20- to 40-year prison term that was part of the guilty plea depended on Glenn's “fulfilling the terms of his agreement.”
If Glenn does not fulfill the terms, Kirn told Common Pleas Court Judge Kathryn Streeter Lewis, the prosecutor could seek any prison term up to the maximum, 59½ to 119 years.
Ramos, 19, of Wissinoming, is scheduled for trial next April.
According to Kirn, Ramos and Glenn began their Thanksgiving at 1 a.m. when they stole a white Mazda 6 that had been left parked with the key fob inside in the 6200 block of Walker Street in Wissinoming.
Kirn said the pair then broke into a car parked in the 4900 block of Rawle Street in Tacony and took a wallet left on the car seat, followed by the gunpoint robbery of a woman walking in the 4000 block of Unruh Avenue in Mayfair.
At 5 a.m., Kirn continued, Kelly was walking home from the store talking on his cellphone to his mother, Catherine, who was worried about him. As Kelly assured his mother he was almost home, the white Mazda pulled up and a gunman got out and confronted Kelly, demanding his money.
Kirn said that Kelly refused and the gunman shot him in the chest. Kelly’s mother, hearing the shot, came out, saw her son on the pavement, and was “watching in horror as the man got back into the stolen car and drove away.”
Catherine Kelly wept quietly in the gallery, comforted by her husband and other relatives.
Police were led to Ramos and Glenn based on security video at a nearby TD Bank ATM that showed them trying to withdraw cash using one of the stolen credit cards. The white Mazda was also visible outside.
Police arrested Ramos on Jan. 16, 2016, in East Frankford, and Glenn on Jan. 26, 2016, in New Castle, Del.
Kirn said Glenn confessed to detectives.