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Chester man convicted of first-degree murder in 2015 shooting death

Media, Pa -- Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland announced the conviction of Vincent Clark, 28, who was found guilty of first-degree murder and firearms charges, in the shooting death of 33-year-old Michael Collier outside of a home on the 200 block of Engle Street in Chester on May 31, 2015.

Following a jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge James P. Bradley, a guilty verdict was delivered Friday afternoon, convicting Vincent Clark, 28, of the 1200 block of Clover Lane, of first-degree murder in addition to firearms charges including person not to possess a firearm and firearms not to be carried without a license. The investigation was led by Detective Victor Heness of the Chester Police Department and Detective Thomas Scarpato of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID). The case was prosecuted by Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Michelle Thurstlic-O'Neill. Sentencing will take place on March 18, 2019.

On Sunday, May 31, at 9:46 p.m., Chester Police was dispatched to the area of 3rd and Engle Streets for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, a man, who was later identified as Michael Collier, was found face down, bleeding profusely from multiple gunshot wounds, in front of a residence on the 200 block of Engle Street. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the homicide was immediately launched and the crime scene was processed. As the result of the investigation, along with the witness testimony from five individuals, it was confirmed that on the evening of May 31, 2015, Vincent Clark ambushed the victim, Michael Collier, who he shot 15 times, on the 200 block of Engle Street, outside of the home of the victim’s sister.

“We are extremely pleased to announce a guilty verdict in this case, which is the result of many hours of hard work by Chester Police Detective Victor Heness, CID Detective Thomas Scarpato, the Chester Police Department and Assistant District Attorney Michelle Thurstlic-O'Neill whose excellent prosecutorial skills resulted in a first-degree murder conviction in this case,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “Mr. Clark now faces life in prison for ambushing and ruthlessly gunning down the victim outside his sister’s home, leaving him for dead in the street,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “While we are satisfied with this conviction, we know that that this guilty verdict will not bring back the victim, Michael Collier, or undo the emotional trauma this act of violence has caused to his family and the surrounding community. As a result of excellent teamwork, along with assistance from the community, this individual will finally face the consequences of his actions.”

 

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND JOSEPH A. RYAN
DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 11, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610-891-4252