'It's ridiculous': Family of slain Philadelphia police officer upset over plea deal

"He's not getting any respect from the DA's office at all."

Andrew Kramer
June 23, 2018 - 9:02 am
Robert Wilson III

Philadelphia Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The family of slain Philadelphia Police officer Robert Wilson III is now speaking out after learning the District Attorney's Office has offered a plea deal to the two men charged with gunning him down in the line of duty at a GameStop three years ago.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has offered suspects Ramone Williams and Carlton Hipps a plea deal of life in prison plus 50 years, and the deal will allow the two suspects to avoid execution.

Officer Wilson's family says they are upset that his accused killers are being life in prison with no chance of the death penalty.

"It's ridiculous," said Wilson's sister, Shakira Wilson-Burroughs. "My brother was a hero. And to sit here and just smear what he stood for, it's a smack in the face, it's disrespectful and it's ignorant, point blank."

"That guy right there, he did his job," said Troy Burroughs as he was pointing to a picture of his brother-in-law, Robert Wilson III. "He's not getting any respect from the DA's office at all."

Ramone Williams and Carlton Hipps
Philadelphia Police Department

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 President John McNesby says he was not happy when he learned the news.

"It's really a sad day," he said. "It's insane this is taking place."

McNesby calls the plea deal "disturbing," especially, he says, because officer Wilson's murder was caught on video.

"You can turn around and watch that video, it's truly tough to look at, but he's a true hero," he said. "It's tough to have our officers go out there every day and try and protect the community knowing they don't have the support from the District Attorney's office."

Officer Wilson's family has been fighting to get Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner off this case.

"They're upset, they're disgusted," McNesby said. "They feel they've been betrayed, they feel that people have been trouncing all over Robert Wilson's grave."

Because this is a pending case, the DA's office is not commenting at this time.

On Monday, a judge is expected to decide if the plea deal, accepted by Williams and Hipps, will move forward. Wilson's family says they will be in attendence for the decision.