Woman sen­tenced for role in mur­der

Judge to Mariah Wal­ton: ‘You made the de­ci­sion to en­ter the world of drug deal­ing and vi­o­lence’

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - THE TIMES HERALD - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

NOR­RIS­TOWN A Pottstown woman who ran a drug traf­fick­ing busi­ness with her one­time paramour is on her way to state prison for play­ing a role in the mur­der of an­other man dur­ing a dis­pute about money re­lated to the drug deals.

Mariah Anne Wal­ton, 23, of the 600 block of State Street, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court on Thurs­day to nine to 20 years in state prison on charges of third-de­gree mur­der and con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der in con­nec­tion with the March 20, 2015, gun­shot slay­ing of Ar­tie Bradley in Pottstown.

“The life that was lost here, that im­pacts his fam­ily forever. You made the de­ci­sion to en­ter the world of drug deal­ing and vi­o­lence,” Judge Wendy Dem­chick Al­loy ad­dressed Wal­ton dur­ing a hear­ing at the county’s Youth Cen­ter in West Norriton. “It’s truly un­for­tu­nate a life had to be lost in the midst of this.”

The judge added, how­ever, that in fash­ion­ing a sen­tence she did con­sider Wal­ton’s even­tual co­op­er­a­tion with pros­e­cu­tors when Wal­ton tes­ti­fied against her former boyfriend Richard Allen “Bub” Collins, who de­liv­ered the fa­tal shots to Bradley dur­ing a con­fronta­tion at Wash­ing­ton and Beech streets. Collins, 38, of Philadel­phia, was con­victed of first-de­gree mur­der at a trial ear­lier this year and is serv­ing a life prison sen­tence.

“I’m not un­mind­ful it’s a self­ish save my own skin ap­proach … but you were a pow­er­ful wit­ness and helped cinch the com­mon­wealth’s con­vic­tion,” Dem­chick-Al­loy ad­dressed Wal­ton.

The most damn­ing ev­i­dence against Collins came when Wal­ton tes­ti­fied she ob­served Collins ap­proach and fa­tally shoot Bradley, 38, of North Char­lotte Street, dur­ing a late evening con­fronta­tion over the drug debt.

“I watched you tes­tify. I lis­tened to what you said and I find

DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Mariah Wal­ton ar­rives in district court for ar­raign­ment on mur­der charges.

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