Crime

Philly Man Pleads Guilty To Stomping Neighbor To Death

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A West Philadelphia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to stomping his 63-year-old neighbor to death.

Kareem Mosley, 24, appeared before Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner entering an open guilty plea, meaning the terms of the plea were not negotiated by defense and prosecuting attorneys.

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He is accused of attacking his neighbor Richard Eley on April 1, 2012. A witness testified during a preliminary hearing on that he heard screaming in Eley’s house and found Mosley on top of the man.

Eley survived eight months after the attack. He was unconscious, his limbs contracted and atrophied. He died Dec. 29, 2012.

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Mosley’s attorney said the incident stemmed from an argued the two men were having “that got out of hand.”

He pleaded guilty to third degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

He faces 20 to 40 years in prison based on the plea, said Assistant District Attorney Jan McDermott.

Sources: Philly.com, Roonte