Sometimes, there are too many cases happening at the same time to cover for Inquirer.com or the next day’s Inquirer. Here are two I’ve written about that were resolved earlier this week:
Rasheed Gey, 20, was sentenced to life without parole on Wednesday after being found guilty of first-degree murder in the Feb. 6, 2012 shooting of Dennis Gore Jr., the son of a Philadelphia police officer.
Gey had opted for a nonjury trial before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson, who found him guilty after a trial that began Tuesday.
Police called the shooting of Gore, 24, the father of two with no criminal record, an apparent case of mistaken identity. Gore’s father, Dennis Sr., has been a police officer for 20 years.
The younger Gore and his girlfriend had just picked up lunch from a takeout store and were walking home. At about 1:40 p.m., near 55th and Hunter Streets, a gunman ran up and shot Gore six times.
Gey, who lived three blocks from the Overbrook shooting scene, was arrested 12 days later after police, canvassing the neighborhood, came up with several witnesses who identified Gey as the gunman.
Some may recall last summer’s arrest of Jermal Ponds, the Cedarbrook man arrested after being stopped carrying a duffel bag containing a disassembled assault rifle, loaded pistol, knife and a prescription narcotic aboard the northbound Broad Street Subway.
After a nonjury trial in June, Ponds, 29, was found guilty by Common Pleas Court Judge Nina M. Wright-Padilla of four firearms charges and one count of possession with intent to distribute the Percocet.
Ponds always maintained that he was innocent: the guns were legally purchased, the Percocet was his and that he was just transporting the stuff from his ex-girlfriend’s place to his apartment.
All that turned out to be true. But that didn’t make Ponds any less guilty because he did not have a permit to carry a concealed handgun and the prescription label had been removed from the vial containing 22 Percocet pills.
On Tuesday, Ponds was sentenced to 6-1/2 to 13 years in prison, which includes the mandatory 5- to 10-year prison term on the gun and drug charges. It’s a tough reality for a man with only one prior conviction for marijuana possession that didn’t involve jail time.
It could have been worse. Ponds could have faced a maximum sentence of 16 to 32 years in prison, according to Assistant District Attorney Allison Worysz.