Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ex-honor student gets 2nd prison term

A former honor student at Coatesville Area Senior High received a 15- to 33-year prison term yesterday for the 2010 shooting death of a Coatesville teen.

Ex-honor student gets 2nd prison term

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A former honor student at Coatesville Area Senior High received a 15- to 33-year prison term yesterday for the 2010 shooting death of a Coatesville teen.

Chester County Court Judge Anthony A. Sarcione imposed the sentence on Falandez "Flock" James, 23, of Coatesville, after a lengthy proceeding during which James’ relatives pleaded for clemency.
James was convicted by a jury of voluntary manslaughter and weapons offenses for the June 26, 2010, fatal shooting of Carron London, 17. His attorney, Tariq El-Shabazz, had argued that the gun misfired and that James was defending himself. Deputy District Attorney Ronald Yen countered that surveillance video and eyewitnesses would prove otherwise.

In 2007, James pleaded guilty to firearms violations after a shooting incident and was sentenced to two to four years in prison.

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Aubrey Whelan covers Chester County for the Inquirer. A native of a Philadelphia suburb so small it doesn't have a zip code, she grew up reading the Inquirer and was thrilled to take a job there in fall 2012. Previously, she covered crime, courts and D.C.'s Occupy movement for the Washington Examiner. Aubrey graduated from Penn State in 2011, where she worked for the award-winning campus newspaper and majored in journalism and French. Contact her at 215-495-5855 or awhelan@philly.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/aubreyjwhelan.

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