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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. MICHAEL KEYS (04/08/83)

filed: April 8, 1983.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
MICHAEL KEYS, APPELLANT. COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA V. KERRY MCNEIL, APPELLANT



No. 2958 Philadelphia 1980, No. 2970 Philadelphia 1980, Appeals from the Judgments of Sentence of the Court of Common Pleas. Criminal Division, of Philadelphia County at Nos. 1427, 1428 & 1430 January Term, 1980 and Nos. 80-01, 1421, 1423.

COUNSEL

William T. Cannon, Philadelphia, for appellants.

Eric Beller, Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Spaeth, Wickersham and Cirillo, JJ. Spaeth, J., files a concurring statement.

Author: Wickersham

[ 313 Pa. Super. Page 411]

On January 9, 1980, appellants Kerry McNeil and Michael Keys were arrested and charged with murder and other related offenses arising from the shooting of Charles Vincent

[ 313 Pa. Super. Page 412]

Wright, Jr., in Philadelphia on December 18, 1979. McNeil and Keys were also charged with drug offenses as a result of the presence of illegal drugs at the residence where they were arrested on the other charges. Specifically, McNeil was charged with bills of information, January Term, 1980, as follows: no. 1419-possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, no. 1420-possessing an instrument of crime, no. 1421-criminal conspiracy, no. 1422-involuntary manslaughter, no. 1423-murder and voluntary manslaughter, no. 1424-criminal conspiracy.

Keys was charged with bills of information, January Term, 1980, as follows: no. 1425-possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, no. 1426-criminal conspiracy, no. 1427-possessing an instrument of crime, no. 1428-criminal conspiracy, no. 1429-involuntary manslaughter, and no. 1430-murder and voluntary manslaughter.

The drug charges against both Keys and McNeil were severed from the murder and related charges on the motions of the Commonwealth.

This case proceeded to trial on May 12, 1980 on the bills of information for murder and voluntary manslaughter (nos. 1423 and 1430), possessing an instrument of crime (nos. 1420 and 1427) and criminal conspiracy (nos. 1421 and 1428). On May 16, 1980, McNeil was found guilty of murder in the first degree (no. 1423) and conspiracy (no. 1421): Keys was found guilty of murder in the first degree (no. 1430), possessing an instrument of crime (no. 1427) and conspiracy (no. 1428). Both defendants filed post-verdict motions which were denied.

On December 18, 1980, McNeil was sentenced to consecutive terms of life imprisonment for the first degree murder and not less than five nor more than ten years imprisonment for the conspiracy: Keys was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder and to two terms of not less than two and one-half years nor more than five years imprisonment for possessing an instrument of crime and for conspiracy, such ...


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