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Philadelphia man sentenced to life without parole for first-degree murder in 2017 Haverford shooting

Derrick Hershal Rollins

Media, PA – Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced Derrick Hershal Rollins, 25, after having been convicted of first degree murder, was sentenced today to life without parole followed by a consecutive 16 to 32 years for fatally shooting John Le and for shooting at and attempting to kill two other individuals on July 29, 2017.

Following a jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. Capuzzi, a guilty verdict was delivered on March 14, 2019, convicting Derrick Hershal Rollins, 25, of Philadelphia, of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted homicide, and two counts of aggravated assault. The investigation was led by Detective Thomas J. Long of the Haverford Police Department and Detective Mike Jay of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID), with assistance from the Philadelphia Police Department and the United States Marshalls. The case was prosecuted by Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Michael Hill.

On Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 6:10 p.m., Haverford Township Police was dispatched to the 2300 block of Haverford Road in Haverford Township for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, the victim later identified as John H. Le, was found unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his chest and hand, lying in the vestibule at the entrance of the building on the 2300 block of Haverford Road. The victim was transported to Lankenau Hospital where he later was pronounced dead. An investigation into the homicide was immediately launched and the crime scene was processed. As the result of the investigation, along with witness testimony, it was confirmed that on the evening of July 29, 2017, Derrick Rollins shot and killed John Le and that a half hour earlier that evening, Rollins had attempted to kill two other men in the Overbrook Park section of Philadelphia, firing his weapon at them 17 times.

“Mr. Rollins now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole for gunning down the victim, leaving him for dead, and trying to murder two additional innocent bystanders by shooting at them 17 times, said District Attorney Katayoun Copeland. “At the time of sentencing, instead of showing remorse, the defendant laughed out loud, showing cold-blooded callousness. While we know that this sentence will not undo the trauma this act of violence has caused to the victims and their families, as the result of excellent team work Rollins will spend the rest of his life facing the consequences of his actions. The verdict in this case was the result of many hours of hard work by Haverford Township Police Department Detective Thomas Long, CID Detective Mike Jay, the Philadelphia Police Department, the U.S. Marshalls, Samantha Bass counselor advocate of Crime Victim Services of Delaware County Women Against Rape, and Assistant District Attorney Mike Hill whose excellent prosecutorial skills resulted in a first-degree murder conviction in this case.”