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Lester man sentenced to 20-40 years for brutal assault on roommate who he attacked with a machete

Sebastian Garro

Media, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced that Sebastian Garro, 39, of the 400 block of Seneca Street of Lester, Tinicum Township, who was convicted of aggravated assault on his roommate who he attacked with a machete and metal pipe in January 2017, was sentenced to 20-40 years in state prison.

Following a jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge George A. Pagano, Sebastian Garro was found guilty of aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child, felon not to possess a firearm, and possessing instruments of a crime. He was sentenced today to 20 to 40 years in state prison. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Riley and the investigation was led by Sergeant James Y. Simpkins, Jr., of the Tinicum Township Police Department with assistance from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

On January 27, 2017, at 3:41 a.m., officers from the Tinicum Township Police Department responded to a residence on Seneca Street in Lester for a report of a home invasion. Upon arrival, the victim who was the homeowner was located in his bed with severe lacerations to his head, arm, and ankle. He was transported to the hospital for his injuries. Also present was the victim’s roommate, Sebastian Garro, who claimed that he was in Norwood when he received a call from his roommate, telling Garro that he was injured. According to the victim, he was in bed when Sebastian Garro attacked him with a machete and a metal pipe. As a result, he received numerous severe and large lacerations to his head, along with his right arm and left ankle. Garro’s 2-year-old daughter was at the residence at the time of the attack.

“Sebastian Garro is an extremely dangerous man who brutally injured his roommate in his own home in the middle of the night. 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 victim. The arrest and conviction, in this case, is the result of excellent teamwork by our law enforcement officers. We commend Sergeant James Simpkins, Jr., of the Tinicum Township Police Department, and Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Riley, for bringing this case to justice, along with our Criminal Investigation Division who assisted with this case,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland.

DATE: February 15, 2019