Life sentence for killing stemming from Devils hat comment
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man convicted of stabbing another man to death near a popular Philadelphia park because of a comment about the killer’s New Jersey Devils hat has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Forty-two-year-old Steven Simminger was convicted of murder for the 2016 killing of 24-year-old Colin McGovern in Rittenhouse Square.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Judge J. Scott O’Keefe on Monday added a consecutive 2 1/2- to 5-year term on a weapons count. The judge says the defendant “went out looking for trouble that night” and had shown no remorse.
Defense attorney Gina Capuano argued her client stabbed the victim out of fear and mental health issues. She has vowed an appeal of the conviction and sentence.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com