The trial of Donte Johnson, the man accused of raping and murdering Sabina Rose O’Donnell in 2010 concluded this week with the defendant being found guilty by a jury of his peers.
Johnson, 20, was found guilty of first degree murder, rape and related charges and immediately sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus another 40 to 80 years by Judge Glenn Bronson.
Prosecutors successfully argued that Johnson brutally raped and murdered O’Donnell on June 2, 2010. Her body was found in a vacant lot behind her Northern Liberties apartment. Johnson told police that he had followed her with the original intention of stealing her bike. According to Johnson “things got out of hand” and ultimately the attempted robbery ended with O’Donnell’s rape and murder.
“My heart continues to go out to Sabina’s family and friends,” said District Attorney Seth Williams following the guilty verdict. “I hope this verdict will give them some sense of justice. Sabina’s brutal and senseless death was felt not only by her adoring family and friends, but also by the Northern Liberties community that she lived in. I am extremely proud of ADA’s Richard Sax and Gwenn Cujdik, both of whom did an extraordinary job of prosecuting this case. I also want to commend the Philadelphia Police Department for their quick and excellent work in arresting Donte Johnson. At only 20 years old Donte Johnson will now have to spend the rest of his life behind bars dealing with the consequences of his terrible actions.”
In an unrelated criminal investigation police have arrested a West Philadelphia man suspected of having committed several robberies at local restaurants.
On May 8, 2012, Torin Myer was arrested for multiple robberies. On April 26, 2012, at 9:35 p.m. the suspect entered the Green Line Cafe, located at 4426 Locust Street and allegedly demanded money from the employees. On April 30, 2012, at 4:29 p.m. and again on May 4, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. the suspect allegedly demanded money from an employee at the Green Line Cafe located at 3649 Lancaster Avenue. On May 6, 2012, at 10:15 p.m. the suspect allegedly robbed the Chipotle restaurant located at 3925 Walnut Street. The suspect was armed with a handgun during all four incidents.
On May 7, 2012, members of the Southwest Detective Division met with the Drexel University Police Department and distributed surveillance stills. On May 8, 2012, a Drexel Police captain was on patrol when he observed a male fitting the description of the offender in the surveillance stills. After an investigation, the male was identified as the suspect responsible for these robberies.
Myer, 23, is from the 3900 block of Baring Street. He is charged with robbery and related offenses.