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Chester man sentenced to 19-38 years as a result of witness testimony

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced today that Brian Randolph (DOB: 12/28/1977) of Chester was found guilty for attempted murder and other related charges for the near-fatal shooting of Hakeem Smith that occurred near the intersection of Kerlin and 14th Streets in Chester on November 21 2011. Randolph was sentenced to 19-38 years in prison by Common Pleas Court Judge George Pagano.

According to testimony presented by the Commonwealth, the shooting of Smith by Randolph was related to a disagreement between the two men regarding their relationship with the same woman. On Nov. 21, 2011, a confrontation between the two men regarding the matter led to the near-fatal shooting of Smith by Randolph on the streets of Chester.

According to Smith, the two men engaged in a conversation on the phone before the confrontation occurred. After reaching his home on Kerlin Street near 14th Street, Smith testified that Randolph told him to come outside. When he did, Randolph confronted Smith, pulled out his gun, and shot Smith in the back, rupturing his spleen. While Smith was laying on the ground, begging for his life, the shooter, Randolph, stood over Smith and pointed the gun at Smith’s head. He discharged his weapon several times striking Smith in the face and jaw. Randolph then got into his car and fled the scene.

After speaking to several witnesses, Detective Todd Nuttall successfully determined Randolph’s whereabouts and was able to take him into custody. After ADA Lawrie offered testimony to establish the charges in the case, based on the investigation conducted by the Detective Nuttall, Randolph was found guilty by a jury on November 9, 2012 for attempted murder, aggravated assault and various gun charges. According by Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lawrie, the conviction of Randolph was in large part a result of cooperation from the community and testimony from neighbors who witnessed the shooting from their homes. Several of these witnesses, including a pair of brothers, indentified Randolph as the shooter in court.

“I would like to commend Detective Todd Nuttall for his exceptional investigative work and Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lawrie who ably presented the evidence in court.  Most importantly, I want to commend Chester residents for coming forward with valuable information,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “Thanks to their cooperation, the identity of the perpetrator was brought to light and a ruthless and violent individual was put away for a very long time.”