- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The second defendant in a carjacking, sexual assault and crash that killed a mother and three children in north Philadelphia is also looking to strike a deal with prosecutors, his attorney said.

Defense attorney Charles Mirarchi said Cornelius Crawford, 25, was willing to plead guilty in exchange for a 45-year prison sentence rather than a possible life term in the July 2014 case, The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1X3A3fd ) reported.

“He’s been remorseful since the beginning,” Mirarchi said. “He can’t even tell the whole story without choking up and crying.”

Prosecutor Joanne Pescatore said there was no agreement on the matter.

Jonathan Rosa, 21, pleaded guilty last month to third-degree murder and related charges in a deal that calls for him to testify against Crawford, who is charged with four counts of second-degree murder, robbery, sexual assault, and related crimes.

Prosecutors say the two carjacked a real estate agent as she left a showing in her luxury SUV and sexually assaulted her, driving at high speeds through north Philadelphia.

The SUV blew a tire and plowed into a family selling fruit to raise money for their church, killing Keisha Williams, 34, and three of her children: Keiearra Williams, 15, Thomas Joseph Reed, 10, and Terrence Williams, 7.

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

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