Philly.com- Two brothers accused of fatally shooting a city police officer during a 2015 robbery in a North Philadelphia video game store pleaded guilty to their crimes Monday morning, drawing life sentences and avoiding the possibility of facing the death penalty if convicted at trial.
The proceedings offered a stage for police officers, former prosecutors, and relatives of the slain Sgt. Robert Wilson III to criticize District Attorney Larry Krasner, and for Krasner to accuse the police union of harassing relatives of Wilson’s who agreed with his handling of the prosecution.
Wilson encountered two armed robbers, Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams, inside a GameStop as he was buying a video game for his son. The brothers shot him several times — including after he had fallen to the ground.
The courtroom in the Criminal Justice Center was packed with supporters in T-shirts bearing Wilson’s name, and officials including former Mayor Nutter and Police Commissioner Richard Ross.
Still, the theatrics inside and outside the courtroom overshadowed the plea agreement, and suggested that this saga may not be over.