STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Three people have been sentenced to decades in prison in the shooting death of a pizza delivery driver ambushed near an eastern Pennsylvania college campus four years ago.
The trio had entered guilty pleas in October in the December 2017 murder of 58-year-old Domino’s Pizza driver Richard LaBar in an unoccupied building just outside of the East Stroudsburg University campus. Police said the defendants ordered a pizza delivered to the building and ambushed LaBar, who was shot in a struggle for a shotgun.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: The Snow Has Arrived
The Pocono Record reports that 21-one-year-old Israel Berrios, who was 17 at the time of the crime, was sentenced Monday to 60.5 years to life in prison on a second-degree murder conviction.
The other two defendants were sentenced on second-degree murder and robbery counts. Thirty-five-year-old Carolina Carmona, who authorities said placed the order, was sentenced to 29.5 to 60 years. Her 25-year-old brother, Salvador Roberts Jr., who authorities said drove the couple away, was sentenced to 25 to 60 years.READ MORE: Live Winter Storm Tracker: Snow Now Expected To Reach 6-12 Inches In Pittsburgh
Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso told the newspaper that Roberts apologized to LaBar’s family at the hearing and said he’d learned a lot since his arrest. Berrios quoted scripture and vowed to be a great man someday, Mancuso said.
After the shooting, authorities said, Berrios stole $100 from LaBar before the trio fled. A patrolman found the victim lying on the ground, and he was flown to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest and taken off life support the following day.
Detectives used surveillance footage, witness accounts, the remains of a shotgun shell found near the body and reports of a previous delivery robbery to identify the suspects, authorities said. A search of Berrios’s home turned up a sawed-off shotgun and shoes matching footprints found in the snow at the scene, they said.MORE NEWS: SEE IT: Massive Winter Storm System Brings Snow To Pittsburgh Area
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