Devonte Perkins of Chester sentenced to life in prison for fatal 2017 shooting
MEDIA, PA – Today Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland announced Devonte Perkins, 19, of the 300 block of W. 21st Street, Chester, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the fatal shooting of 34-year-old Blane L. Jones, II, in Chester on June 27, 2017.
Devonte Perkins was convicted of first-degree murder and related firearms offenses in December 2018 following a jury trial before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony D. Scanlon. The investigation was led by Detective Joseph McFate and Detective David DeFrank of the Chester Police Department and Detective Vincent Ficchi of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID). Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Glackin prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.
On June 27, 2017, at approximately 7:42 p.m., Chester Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 11th Street and McDowell Avenue for a report of a gunfight. At the scene, police found two victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Blane Jones was shot several times in the upper torso areas and was immediately taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead the following day.
An investigation into the fatal shooting of Blane Jones was immediately launched by the Chester Police Department and the Delaware County CID. On June 28, 2017, Chester Detective David DeFrank was able to secure surveillance of the moments leading up to and after the homicide. As a result of witness testimony and positive photo identification, Devonte Perkins was confirmed as the individual who shot and killed Blane Jones. As a result of witness testimony, video forensics, ballistics evidence, and confirmed identification, Devonte Perkins was charged with first-degree murder and related offenses.
“Devonte Perkins is an individual who clearly has no regard for human life, as he gunned down the victim in the street, in broad daylight, killing him over a senseless argument,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “While we know that no sentence will bring back the victim, or undo the pain endured by his family and loved ones, the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison for his senseless actions. I would like to commend the excellent work of Detectives Joseph McFate and David DeFrank of the Chester Police Department and CID Detective Vincent Ficchi, which resulted in the apprehension of this dangerous individual. I commend Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Glackin who diligently worked to bring justice to this case and ensure a conviction on all charges. Our office will continue to aggressively pursue violent criminals, and prosecute those who engage in gun violence and have no regard for the safety of our children and families.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 12, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252