Man who admitted he killed beloved Roxborough homeless man last year is sentenced

Kristen Johanson
August 28, 2019 - 3:54 pm
Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia

KYW Newsradio, file


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia man who’s admitted to stabbing a beloved homeless man in Roxborough last year has been sentenced to more than a decade behind bars. 

Bronson Keefe told the judge he is “deeply appalled and ashamed” for stabbing Enrico Stanziani to death, robbing him and then leaving his body decomposing in a parking lot in Roxborough.

Keefe, 39, will spend 15 to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder for killing Stanziani. Prosecutors say Keefe robbed the victim as he was sleeping in his tent along Ridge Avenue near Harmon Road last October. 

Stanziani, who was nicknamed Eni, was well-known in the Roxborough neighborhood. 

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Stanziani’s nieces and nephews said their uncle, who was 48-years-old at the time, chose to live outside, was a happy, free spirit who was never a harm to anyone, but sometimes suffered from mental health issues.  

Keefe’s defense team pointed to the defendant's abusive childhood as a key factor to his violent behavior. 

When the sentencing was over, the defendant turned to the victim’s family and said "I am so sorry."