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Violent Philly gang member gets life plus 85 years, lashes out at federal judge

December 3, 2018

Robert Hartley

By Staff

A serial home invader and gang member with a penchant for cursing at court officials was sentenced Monday to life plus 85 years in prison for his involvement in a series of violent home invasions and carjackings. True to form, he lashed out at the judge and a federal agent.

Robert Hartley, 47, was part of a 20-member gang involved in a number of violent crimes in Philadelphia between 2012 and 2014. He and 15 other members were indicted in 2015, with some facing life in prison. One of the leaders, Khalil Smith, was sentenced Nov. 19 to life plus 207 years in federal prison; other members have trials coming up in the next few weeks.

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