- Associated Press - Friday, February 7, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Three people were sentenced to prison for their roles in the robbery and slaying of a pizza delivery driver who was gunned down after he was lured to a vacant row home.

The three accomplices in the January 2012 death of 29-year-old Ronald Anderson Jr. were sentenced Thursday.

Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner said Anderson’s murder was an example of the unexpected consequences of “low-impact crime.”

“This is as bad as it can be,” he said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1o0F4oC ).

Xylaca Devlin, 22, was sentenced to five to 12 years and Rashad Cheeseboro, 25, was sentenced to seven to 15 years. Each pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy. Keyona Jones, 22, of Magnolia, N.J. was sentenced to two to four years on robbery and conspiracy pleas.

The shooter - Michael Covington, 22 - pleaded guilty to third-degree murder before trial in October and is serving a 35- to 70-year prison term.

Devlin, who called in the pizza order, was credited with helping investigators days after the slaying.

“After she cooperated, they all fell like dominoes,” defense attorney Daniel Stevenson said.

Cheeseboro, who authorities said acted as lookout, got a longer term due to his record and because authorities said he reneged on a promise to cooperate and tried to withdraw his guilty plea. Defense attorney Leon Goodman said his client had a learning disability and didn’t believe the plot would end as it did.

The judge called Jones the “least culpable” because she didn’t know Covington was armed and tried to stop the crime before it began. Defense attorney Coley Reynolds said his client had been abandoned by both parents, released from foster care at age 18 and “unfortunately, raised on the street.”

All three defendants apologized to relatives of the victim, Devlin and Jones in tears. Jones promised the judge that he wouldn’t see her there again and said she wanted to change her life.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Zarallo had asked for much longer prison terms and said he would ask the judge to consider a longer prison term for Cheeseboro.

He said the three “made a horrendously bad, violent decision and they decided to make it because they were hungry.”


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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