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Chester man sentenced to 8 to 30 years for 2016 stabbing death

Nathaniel Powell

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Nathaniel Powell, 65, of the 400 block of East 19th Street in Chester was sentenced to 8 to 30 years in state prison for the stabbing death of Eric Potts inside a car, outside of the victim’s home in Upper Chichester on October 11, 2016.
Powell was found guilty of murder in the third-degree before Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Mary Alice Brennan who sentenced the defendant to 8 to 30 years in state prison. The case was prosecuted by Delaware County Assistant District Attorney William J. Judge, Jr. and the investigation was led by Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Detective Vincent Ficchi, Upper Chichester Police Department Detective John Montgomery, and Detective Patrick Mullen, formerly of the Chester Police Department who is now a detective with the Chester Township Police Department.

On October 12, 2016, at approximately 12:53 am, Upper Chichester Police Officer Michael Molineux was dispatched to the 300 block of Broadway Street, in Upper Chichester Township, for a report of an unconscious person in a car. At the scene, Officer Molineux found Eric Potts unconscious in the front seat of a silver Mitsubishi Outlander which had been driven by Nathaniel Powell. Inside of the vehicle, Officer Molineux located a knife on the ground next to where the victim was sitting. The victim was transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased at 12:46 am on October 12, 2016. Delaware County Medical Examiner Frederic Hellman later ruled Potts death a homicide from a single stab wound to the chest.
Through the course of the investigation, and as a result of witness testimony and forensic analysis of cell phone records, it was determined that an argument ensued between Nathaniel Powell, and the victim, Eric Potts, who were driving together on the evening on October 11, 2016. The investigation determined that the argument between the two men led to a physical altercation and that the driver, Nathaniel Powell, stabbed Eric Potts in the chest with a knife, causing his death.

“As the result of a senseless argument, the defendant Nathaniel Powell, recklessly and needlessly took the life of another man. While we are satisfied with the sentence of 8 to 30 year of state incarceration, we know that no sentence will bring back the victim, Eric Potts, and no sentence can undo the damage and suffering caused to his family and loved ones,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “I would like to commend Assistant District Attorney William J. Judge for his outstanding efforts to bring this case to justice, and commend the investigative work of CID Detective Vincent Ficchi, Upper Chichester Police Department Detective John Montgomery, and Detective Patrick Mullen, formerly of the Chester Police Department, who were the investigators in this case.”

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: July 18, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252