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      Alfonso Sanchez - Pennsylvania Death Row



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      Sentenced to death in Bucks County on October 3, 2008 in the murder of Lisa Diaz, 27, at a Warminster apartment in October 2007. That night in the Bucks Landing apartment, Sanchez also murdered Mendez Thomas, 22, shooting him in the head at point-blank range.

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      October 3, 2008

      As the family of the convicted murderer sat tensely in the courtroom alongside relatives of the slain, a Bucks County judge addressed the jury Thursday, making the day's business clear.

      “There are two choices before you,” said Judge Alan M. Rubenstein. “Life imprisonment. Or death.”

      Eleven hours later, the jury sentenced convicted first-degree murderer Alfonzo Sanchez, 26, to death for shooting and killing Lisa Diaz, 27, at a Warminster apartment last October.

      That night in the Bucks Landing apartment, Sanchez also murdered Mendez Thomas, 22, shooting him in the head at point-blank range.

      For that act, the jury sentenced him to life in prison. But the ultimate penalty imposed for the slaying of Diaz takes precedence, and Sanchez will soon be moving into a cell on death row.

      Pointing to the facts that came to light in a six-day trial, Rubenstein told the jury candidly, “No one can have a quarrel with your verdict.”

      Prosecutor Gary Gambardella praised the jurors for having the “courage” to sentence Sanchez to death. “Clearly this case cried out for that verdict,” Gambardella said. “This man tore apart many lives.”

      Mendez Thomas's family, including his sister and mother, clung to each other after the verdict was read. “Justice was served,” said Deborah Thomas, Mendez's mother.

      Tears were evident among Sanchez's supporters. Four people testified on his behalf Thursday. They included a day care owner whose daughter had dated Sanchez for years.


      A woman whose son was best friends with Sanchez while growing up flew from Arizona overnight to testify for him. Both she and her daughter characterized Sanchez as a caring, respectful, non-violent person. “He's a teddy bear,” said Jennifer Gitlin.

      Jack McMahon, Sanchez's lawyer, argued he did not deserve death because he does not have a violent criminal history and was drunk and high when the slayings occurred, rendering him incapable of realizing the ramifications of his actions.

      The jury didn't agree.

      A death sentence was warranted in the murder of Diaz because he killed her just after murdering Thomas in the presence of Thomas' two young children while committing a burglary, the jury ruled.

      Diaz was at Thomas' apartment baby-sitting the night of the murders. Thomas' girlfriend, Jessica Carmona, was shot in the leg as she tried to shield her 2-year-old son.

      Sanchez and Steven Miranda, 20, and another man, Alexander Martinez, 23, of Warminster, went to the apartment that night on the pretext of buying drugs.

      Miranda faces the prospect of life in prison for his actions that night. Martinez pleaded guilty to lesser crimes and testified against the others.

      Source: phillyburbs.com

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      Pennsylvania v. Sanchez

      Opinion Date: December 17, 2013

      Court: Pennsylvania Supreme Court

      Appellant was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Mendez Thomas and Lisa Diaz. On appeal, appellant challenged the sufficiency of the evidence presented against him at trial. After review of the trial court record, the Supreme Court found the evidence sufficient to support appellant's murder convictions.
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      On April 15, 2014, Sanchez filed a habeas petition in Federal District Court.

      http://dockets.justia.com/docket/pen...cv02231/490084

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      In today's orders, the United States Supreme Court declined to review Sanchez's petition for certiorari.

      Lower Ct: Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District
      Case Nos.: (No. 605 CAP)
      Decision Date: December 17, 2013
      Rehearing Denied: February 14, 2014
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      Man on death row for shooting of York City man among five execution warrants signed by Governor Corbett

      Governor Tom Corbett signs execution warrants for five men including one man sentenced to die for the 2008 murder of a York City man.

      Kevin Mattison, of Baltimore, was convicted for the December 9, 2008, robbery and shooting death of Christian Agosto. Records show that Mattison shot Agosto over a pound of marijuana. He was convicted in 2010 and handed the death penalty. Mattisonís execution is scheduled for March 12th.

      The four men in the other warrants are:

      * Terrance Williams, convicted of murder for the beating death of a man on June 11, 1984 during a robbery in Philadelphia County.

      * Kenneth Hairston, convicted of killing his wife and son on June 11, 2001 in Allegheny County

      *Alfonso Sanchez, convicted for the shooting deaths of a man and woman in 2007 in Bucks County

      *Robert Diamond, convicted for the shooting deaths of two men on August 1, 2008 in Bucks County;

      All five men are incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene. Williamsí execution has been scheduled for March 4, 2015; Hairstonís for March 5, 2015; Sanchezís for March 10, 2015 and Diamondís for March 11, 2015.

      The execution warrants signed today for Mattison, Williams, Hairston, Sanchez and Diamond represents Governor Corbettís 44th through 48th warrants signed, respectively, since taking office.

      Executions in Pennsylvania are carried out by lethal injection. For more information, visit the Department of Corrections online at www.cor.pa.gov.

      http://fox43.com/2015/01/13/man-on-d...ernor-corbett/
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      On 02/03/15 the Bucks County Common Pleas Court issued a stay of execution for Alfonso Sanchez.
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