DOYLESTOWN (AP) – Jurors in suburban Philadelphia have recommended that a man convicted in the shooting death of a popular musician almost two years ago should spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The Bucks County panel convicted 22-year-old Breon Powell of Trenton, N.J., of first-degree murder in the December 2011 slaying of 56-year-old Danny DeGennaro of Levittown during a botched home invasion robbery.
The Bucks County Courier Times (http://bit.ly/1bIa4q3) says the jury needed less than an hour Wednesday to choose the life-without-parole sentence over the death penalty.
One juror said the panel believed that shooting the Levittown musician was a “last minute, split-second decision” and that Powell showed remorse in court.
Powell’s mother had begged the jury to spare her son’s life.