Delco man guilty in death of Chesco father

A Delaware County judge convicted a 20-year-old Chester on Friday, Oct. 14, of killing a West Chester man more than a year ago.

Leyron D. Johns

Leyron D. Johns

Judge Gregory M. Mallon found Leyron D. Johns, 20, of Chester, guilty of first-degree murder for the July 27, 2015, fatal shooting of Joseph Torres, 27, a West Chester carpenter and father. Johns was also found guilty of robbery and possessing instruments of crime, according to a press release from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.

The verdict followed a four-day, non-jury trial. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Daniel McDevitt, and Johns was represented by defense attorney William Wismer.

According to court records, Torres was found by police on July 27, at approximately 9:50 p.m. in the rear of Mano’s Gulf station in the 900 block of Kerlin Street. He was bleeding from the back of his head from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center where he was pronounced dead the following day.

Through the course of the investigation, detectives with the Chester Police and Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division determined that Torres had been robbed and shot in the head by Johns, the release said.

The judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Dec. 9.

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