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.

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.