Philly man convicted of murder is spared of mandatory life in prison

Jim Melwert
December 13, 2018 - 6:26 pm

KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A Montgomery County judge found a Philadelphia man guilty of shooting and killing a man in Cheltenham earlier this year, but ruled it did rise to the level of First Degree murder.

In a bench trial with no jury, Judge Richard Haaz convicted Antonio Lindsay of third degree murder for shooting and killing Joseph Kohler from Western Pennsylvania.

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The decision spares Lindsay a mandatory sentence of life in prison, but prosecutors argued the killing was premeditated.

Prosecutors claim Lindsay was mad at Kohler because, just days before he was killed, Kohler got pulled over in Philadelphia with Lindsay in the car.

When police searched the vehicle, they found more than 400 packets of heroin on Lindsay.

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Lindsay posted $10 bail. He drove Kohler to the Elkins Estate property in Cheltenham and shot him.

Third Degree Murder carries a maximum penalty of 20-40 years in prison.