Jury convicts man of second degree murder
A Lycoming County jury Friday convicted a Williamsport man of second degree murder for his part in a home invasion that left a mother and son dead.
Joseph Sentore Coleman, 37, was also found guilty on charges including robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and criminal attempt to commit robbery.
He was found not guity of third degree murder.
The jury had deliberated all morning and into the early afternoon before returning with its verdict in the trial, which began Wednesday.
Coleman’s attorney, Robert Hoffa, told the Sun-Gazette shortly after the verdict was announced that he plans to appeal the case.
Coleman is alleged to have taken part with two other men in the home invasion in the 600 block of Poplar Street that led to the the murders of Shane Wright, 25, and Kristine Kibler.
Coleman, Casey Wilson and Jordan Adonis Rawls are believed to have broken into the home to obtain money Wilson needed to pay off a debt.
Wilson pled guilty to third degree murder for his role and faces a 25 -to 50-year prison term.
Rawls faces trial in April.
Hoffa said the trial failed to answer many questions.
In his closing statement Thursday, he questioned the credibility of witnesses including Casey, who testified on behalf of the prosecution as part of a plea deal.
First Assistant District Attorney Martin Wade countered that Casey had no motive to lie, noting that he already faced a long prison term.