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Chester man sentenced to life without parole for first-degree murder in 2015 shooting death

Vincent Clark

Media, Pa -- Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland announced today Vincent Clark, 28, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole followed by 8.5 to 17 years in state prison for fatally shooting 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 on Friday, January 11, 2019, 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.

On Sunday, May 31, at 9:46 p.m., Chester Police were 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 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 and shot at him 15 times.

“We commend the 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 without the possibility of parole for gunning down the victim in a residential neighborhood and leaving him for dead in the street,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “While we know that that a guilty verdict will not undo the trauma this act of violence has caused to his family, as the result of excellent team work, this individual will spend the rest of his life facing the consequences of his actions.”

DATE: March 19, 2019