Sentencing For Man Involved in Piazza Murders

By David Chang and Danielle Johnson
|  Friday, Aug 30, 2013  |  Updated 11:43 AM EDT
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Langdon Scott faces up to 60 years in prison for his role in the 2009 murder of Rian Thal and Timothy Gilmore.

Langdon Scott faces up to 60 years in prison for his role in the 2009 murder of Rian Thal and Timothy Gilmore.

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One of the men involved in the 2009 double murder at the Piazza Apartments in Northern Liberties is scheduled for sentencing on Friday.

Langdon Scott, now 30, faces up to 60 years in prison. Scott was one of the eight people arrested in the murders of Rian Thal and Timothy Gilmore back in June of 2009. He pleaded guilty to robbery, conspiracy, and burglary.

Thal, 34, a popular party planner, and her friend, Timothy Gilmore, 40, were shot to death during a botched drug-related robbery attempt inside the 1050 Building in June of 2009. The last seconds of the victims' lives were caught on surveillance tape when they got off the elevator of at the Navona, right before they were ambushed.

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

On Tuesday, Katoya Jones was sentenced to probation after spending three years in jail before pleading guilty to two counts of third-degree murder, according to The Inquirer.

Prosecutors say he was promised a payoff of $50,000 to 60,000 to let the three gunmen through a locked door of the building were she lived.

Thirty-seven-year-old Caesar Holloway, the alleged getaway driver, was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in July after he pleaded guilty to murder, robbery, criminal conspiracy and other related offenses, according to court records.

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

In Murchison’s statement shortly after the killing, he told police how the men ambushed Thal and Gilmore from all sides. With a gun to her head, Thal pleaded, “Don’t hurt me! Don’t hurt me! I’ll give you everything you want!”

Gilmore decided to fight back grabbing Antonio Wright’s gun. Wright, the “young boy,” shot him three or four times -- aiming low and shooting him in the back. “Young boy stopped shooting," Murchinson told police before one last shot was fired leaving Thal dead on the ground.

 


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