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Philadelphia man sentenced to 15-40 years for Upper Darby shooting

Oscar J. Seth-Murray, III

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Oscar J. Seth-Murray, III, 27, of the 1300 block of North 9th Street in Philadelphia, after pleading guilty to shooting two victims at a Chinese restaurant in Upper Darby, was sentenced to 15 to 40 years imprisonment.

Following a negotiated plea on May 2, 2019, before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. Capuzzi, Sr., to attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Oscar J. Seth-Murray was sentenced today to 15 to 40 years. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney William Judge, Jr., and the investigation was led by Detective Kevin Finnegan of the Upper Darby Police Department.

On June 15, 2018 at 11:53 p.m., officers from the Upper Darby Police Department responded to a Chinese restaurant on the 700 block of Garrett Road in Upper Darby, for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found two victims, one adult male who had been shot in the neck and one teenage male who had been shot in the leg. Both victims were immediately transported to the hospital. Upper Darby Detective Finnegan along with other detectives responded to the scene. A review of the surveillance camera footage from within the store, interviews of witnesses, and further police investigation revealed that the two victims and defendant Oscar Seth-Murray were inside the restaurant waiting for their food orders to be prepared. Upon purchasing his food, Seth-Murray began to leave the restaurant and as he did so, made eye contact with the adult male victim. Within five minutes after leaving the restaurant, Seth-Murray returned to the restaurant, pulled out a handgun from his waistband, and while waiving the firearm at other patrons, attempted to drag the adult male victim out of the restaurant. While in the doorway of the restaurant, Seth-Murray then shot the adult male victim in the neck at point-blank range, also causing the teenage male victim to sustain a gunshot wound in the leg. Seth-Murray fled the scene and was arrested two days later by Upper Darby detectives after being identified by video surveillance and witnesses.

“Oscar Seth-Murray is an extremely dangerous man who, using an illegally obtained firearm, brutally shot two people while placing the lives of numerous others at risk. While we are satisfied with the sentence, in this case, we know that no amount of prison time can ever undo the pain and trauma endured by the victims. The arrest and conviction, in this case, is the result of excellent work by our law enforcement officers. We commend Detective Kevin Finnegan of the Upper Darby Police Department, Samantha Bass from Crime Victims Services, and Assistant District Attorney William Judge, Jr., for bringing this case to justice,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland.