2nd defendant gets 50 to 100 years in carjacking crash

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Posted: Mar 01, 2016 5:18 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The second defendant in a carjacking, sexual assault and crash that killed a mother and three children has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 50 to 100 years in prison.

Cornelius Crawford, 25, apologized on Tuesday for his role in the July 2014 crime as he pleaded guilty to murder, robbery, carjacking, sexual assault, aggravated assault and conspiracy, The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1WTMEkw) reported.

Jonathan Rosa, 21, pleaded guilty in January to murder and related charges in a deal calling for a 45- to 90-year sentence and for him to testify against Crawford in a trial that was scheduled later this month.

Prosecutors say Crawford and Rosa carjacked a real estate agent as she left a showing in her luxury SUV and sexually assaulted her, driving at high speeds through north Philadelphia.

The SUV blew a tire and plowed into a family selling fruit on a street corner to raise money for a church, killing Keisha Williams, 34, and her children Keiearra Williams, 15, Thomas Joseph Reed, 10, and Terrence Williams, 7.

Defense attorney Charles Mirarchi III said last month that Crawford had been remorseful "since the beginning" and "can't even tell the whole story without choking up and crying."

Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said the real estate agent, who was 46 years old, and the family of Williams and her three children were pleased that Crawford's plea and sentence will spare them from having to relive the events in a trial.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com