Man gets long pri­son stint after shoot­ing in Darby

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT - By Alex Rose arose@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @arosedelco on Twit­ter

A 33-yearold Up­per Darby man was sen­tenced to 12½ to 25 years in a state pri­son Fri­day after plead­ing guilty to at­tempted homi­cide in a March 2015 shoot­ing out­side a Darby Bor­ough bar.

Ron­nie Reid, who has a prior con­vic­tion for pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance with in­tent to de­liver, also re­ceived 10 years of con­sec­u­tive pro­ba­tion after plead­ing guilty to one count of per­sons not to pos­sess a firearm.

Reid was iden­ti­fied as a sus­pect in the March 28 shoot­ing after of­fi­cers re­viewed se­cu­rity cam­era footage at the Happy Inn on Main Street and took wit­ness state­ments.

Po­lice said Reid stepped on the vic­tim’s shoes in­side the bar, spark­ing an ar­gu­ment. The video showed Reid ex­it­ing the bar at about 12:30 a.m. and tak­ing a hand­gun from his waist­band, then pac­ing back and forth as a crowd of about a dozen peo­ple formed on the side­walk, in­clud­ing the vic­tim.

Reid could be seen in the video pac­ing for sev­eral min­utes and again tread­ing on the other man’s shoes. Po­lice said he then bran­dished the gun at the crowd be­fore fir­ing at the back of the flee­ing vic­tim, strik­ing him five times.

The vic­tim col­lapsed be­hind a parked car on Main Street. Po­lice and paramedics found the man in a pool of blood min­utes later and trans­ported him to Penn Pres­by­te­rian Hospi­tal in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. He un­der­went emer­gency surgery.

Reid ini­tially re­jected the plea of­fer from As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Sandy Ur­ban, but de­fense at­tor­ney Robert Gam­burg said he agreed to ac­cept the terms after speak­ing with his mother and sis­ter.

Reid tear­fully apol­o­gized to the vic­tim’s fam­ily, but Judge John Ca­puzzi, sit­ting in for Judge Ge­orge Pagano, said Reid should also write a let­ter to the vic­tim ex­press­ing his re­morse.

Ca­puzzi also sug­gested Reid take ad­van­tage of the aca­demic op­por­tu­ni­ties af­forded him in pri­son.

Reid was also or­dered to pro­vide a DNA sam­ple to state po­lice and stay away from the Happy Inn. He is not el­i­gi­ble for early re­lease, but was given credit for time served back to his ar­rest on July 29, 2015.

Po­lice said Reid stepped on the vic­tim’s shoes in­side the bar, spark­ing an ar­gu­ment. The video showed Reid ex­it­ing the bar at about 12:30 a.m. and tak­ing a hand­gun from his waist­band, then pac­ing back and forth as a crowd of about a dozen peo­ple formed on the side­walk, in­clud­ing the vic­tim.

Ron­nie Reid

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