Death penalty sought in 2009 slaying in crowded bar
EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have announced plans to seek the death penalty in a slaying in a crowded Pennsylvania bar more than eight years ago.
Thirty-eight-year-old Jacob Holmes Jr., a nephew of former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes, is charged with homicide in the death of 24-year-old Miguel Aponte Jr. in the Easton Cafe in March 2009. Northampton County prosecutors said Tuesday they will seek capital punishment if he is convicted of first-degree murder.
Another man, 40-year-old Franklin Barndt, pleaded guilty earlier to conspiracy and was sentenced to 16 to 42 years.
Authorities allege that Aponte’s slaying stemmed from a 2006 shooting that wounded Holmes and killed another man. Aponte was initially charged but pleaded guilty to a firearms offense. Another man was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in the slaying.