Key witness in Piazza murders to learn fate

December 5, 2011 5:56:16 AM PST
A woman whose testimony helped convict three men in a 2009 drug-related double slaying is set for sentencing before a Philadelphia judge.

Twenty-seven-year-old Katoya Jones pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree murder stemming from the fatal shootings of two people inside a trendy Philadelphia apartment building.

Jones admitted letting the shooters into the Piazza at Schmidts complex before they fatally shot 34-year-old Rian Thal and 40-year-old Timothy Gilmore in June 2009.

Jones testified against three other suspects. They were each convicted of second-degree murder and received life sentences.

Investigators said they seized more than eight pounds of cocaine and more than $100,000 from Thal's apartment after the killings.

Three other defendants also pleaded guilty.


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