Woman guilty of helping boyfriend evade police

July 1, 2009 8:07:10 AM PDT
The girlfriend of man charged in the killing of a Philadelphia police officer is facing prison after being convicted of helping him evade capture. Thirty-nine-year-old Tonya Stephens was convicted Tuesday of hindering the apprehension of a fugitive and criminal conspiracy. Authorities say she helped Eric Floyd hide after he and two other men robbed a bank and one of the men fatally shot Philadelphia police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski in May 2008.

Defense attorney Bernard Siegel says he plans to appeal.

Floyd and another man are awaiting trial on murder charges. Alleged shooter Howard Cain was killed by police after he pointed a rifle at two other officers a short time later.

Prosecutors say they will argue for the maximum of seven to 14 years in prison for Stephens.

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