Tuesday, May 14, 2013
North Philadelphia Drug Kingpin Kaboni Savage Convicted of 12 Murders
Veteran organized crime reporter George Anastasia is covering the Kaboni Savage federal murder-racketeering trial in Philadelphia for Bigtrial.net.
Kaboni Savage, the cocaine kingpin who authorities said launched a reign of terror in the Philadelphia drug underworld, was convicted of 12 counts of murder in aid of racketeering today, including the 2004 firebombing arson in which two women and four children were killed.
Savage, 38, showed no emotion as the jury forewoman read the verdicts late this afternoon. The jury reading was interrupted briefly when Savage's older sister, Concetta, screamed out in dismay.
"Bullshit," she said after the guilty verdicts, one after another, began to mount. "Bullshit ... You're killing me ... That's my family." After resisting attempts to subdue her by other family members and federal marshals, she was led out of the courtroom.
"I love you, man," she said as she finally agreed to leave.
Savage, a former professional boxer, is already serving a 30-year sentence for a 2005 drug trafficking conviction. He could be sentenced to death in the current case. A penalty phase of the trial, before the same jury, is set to begin on May 20.
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