Man Gets 20-40 Years for Piazza Murders

By Dan Stamm and David Chang
|  Friday, Jul 19, 2013  |  Updated 1:28 PM EDT
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Man Gets 20-40 Years for Piazza Murders

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Caesar Holloway

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One of the men admittedly involved in the 2009 double murder that rocked a popular Philadelphia neighborhood will spend the next 20 to 40 years behind bars.

Caesar Holloway, the alleged getaway driver in the murder of two people inside an apartment at the Piazza at Schmidt's, pleaded guilty in May to third-degree murder and robbery, according to court records.

Holloway, now 37, apologized to the mother of victm Rian Thal before learning his fate.

He was the last of eight people arrested in the deaths of Rian Thal and Timothy Gilmore back in June of 2009. Thal, 34, a popular party planner, and her friend, Gilmore, 40, were shot to death during a botched drug-related robbery attempt in Thal's apartment.

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The last seconds of the victims' lives were caught on surveillance elevator when they got off the elevator at the Navona, right before they were ambushed.

Police found four kilos of cocaine and $100,000 inside Thal's apartment.

One of the admitted triggerman in the killings, Donnell Murchison, is serving life in prison without the chance for parole, as are other trigermen Anotino Wright and Edward Daniels. While others convicted in the case are serving various sentences.

 


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