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Philadelphia man sentenced to 20-40 years for stabbing murder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: May 6, 2019 CONTACT PERSON: Chelsey Price Media, PA – Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced Curtis Brooks, 25, of the 6000 block of Locust Street and 8000 block of Rugby Street in Philadelphia, pled guilty to third-degree murder today and was sentenced today to 20-40 years in prison for a stabbing death that occurred on August 5, 2017. Curtis Brooks also entered an open guilty plea in a related case that occurred in February 2, 2017, to simple assault, burglary, robbery, and endangering the welfare of children and was sentenced to two to four years of imprisonment. The homicide investigation was led by Detective Brian Pitts of the Darby Borough Police Department, with assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Mary Mann, and Samantha Bass from Crime Victim Services of Delaware County Women Against Rape was the victim advocate assigned to the case. Following a negotiated guilty plea before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Richard Capelli, Curtis Brooks, 25, of Philadelphia, plead guilty to third-degree murder. On August 5, 2017, at 11:44 a.m., Darby Borough Police Department was dispatched to the 100 block of South 5th Street for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, the victim later identified as Mario Garrett, was found unresponsive in the hallway with a large stab wound to his chest. While the EMT was assessing the victim’s injuries, a cell phone next to the victim showed the victim had received numerous incoming calls from “Curtis.” The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police investigation revealed that on the morning of August 5, 2017, Curtis Brooks forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and confronted the victim Mario Garrett, ultimately stabbing and killing him. The assault investigation was led by Patrolman Kenneth Collins of the Darby Borough Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Mary Mann, and Samantha Bass from Crime Victim Services of Delaware County Women Against Rape was the victim advocate assigned to the case. Following an open guilty plea in front of Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Richard Capelli, Curtis Brooks, 25, of Philadelphia, plead to simple assault, burglary, robbery, and endangering the welfare of children. On February 2, 2017, at 11:40 p.m., the Darby Borough Police Department was dispatched to a residence on Main Street for the report of a domestic disturbance, where the victim informed police her ex-boyfriend, Curtis Brooks, assaulted her and her mother and stole her cell phone. The victim explained to police that Brooks had been threatening her for several days because she broke off the relationship, and sent her a message that he was coming over with money and taking the children. While the victim was on the phone with 911, Brooks kicked in the door frame and assaulted the victim while the children were nearby. Both the victim and one of her family members sustained injuries and were transported to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital for medical treatment. “Curtis Brooks now faces 20-40 years in prison for ruthlessly stabbing Mario Garrett, leaving him for dead, in a jealous rage,” said District Attorney Katayoun Copeland. “Not only did he mercilessly take away a life, he also had no regard for his own children’s safety and injured the mother of his children. While we know that this sentence will not undo the trauma these acts of violence have caused to the victims and their families, as the result of excellent team work, Brooks will spend at least two decades of his life facing the consequences of his actions. I would like to commend Detective Pitts of the Darby Borough Police Department, the Philadelphia Police Department for their assistance, Samantha Bass counselor advocate of Crime Victim Services of Delaware County Women Against Rape, and Assistant District Attorney Mary Mann for tirelessly working hard to bring justice to the victims.”