Chester Teen Sentenced in Fatal Shootings at Party

Kanei Avery was sentenced to 7 - 14 years for shootings at a birthday party that left two other teens dead

View Comments ()



    Chester Police Dept.
    Kanei Daniel Avery, 16

    A Chester, Pa. teen has been sentenced to 7 to 14 years for shootings at a birthday party that left two other teens dead.

    Kanei Avery was sentenced Thursday in the April 2011 shooting at Minaret Temple No. 174 in Chester. The Delaware County Daily Times reports Avery will serve his time at a state correctional facility for youths. Now 18, he was 16 at the time of the shooting.

    Chester Shooting Victims Remembered

    [PHI] Chester Shooting Victims Remembered
    Family and friends hold a prayer vigil for nine teens shot at a birthday party. Two teens were killed in the melee. (Published Saturday, April 9, 2011)

    A hundred or more teens attended the party before shooting broke out, killing 18-year-old Robel Laboy and 19-year-old David Johnson. Seven other teens were wounded.

    In October, Avery entered an open guilty plea to two counts of voluntary manslaughter. Delaware County prosecutors decided not to pursue murder charges, citing problems with evidence and witness cooperation.

    Investigators linked the fatal bullets to a gun Avery was holding the night of the party, according to Delaware County District Attorney Michael Green.

    Avery has apologized.


    Get the latest from NBC10 Philadelphia anytime: Android/iPhone/iPad Apps | SMS Alerts | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | RSS