Philadelphia Inquirer writer Stu Bykofsky wrote about the two accused cop killers, Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams, who pled guilty to the murder of Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III and surrendered their right to appeal. Under the plea agreement, they will receive a life sentence plus 50 to 100 years in prison. However, the article ponders why defense attorneys would accept a plea bargain from District Attorney Larry Krasner who ran for DA on a promise he’d never seek the death penalty because he has a moral aversion to it.
Bykofsky describes how criminal defense attorney NiaLena Caravasos stated that accepting the plea offer “makes no sense to me” but “it does keep the two off ‘horrific’ death row, and that might be what they were thinking.”