Philadelphia man gets life for 1990 landlord murder

January 7, 2013 1:22:56 PM PST
A Philadelphia man convicted of murdering his landlord back in 1990 has been sentenced to life in prison.

Bernard McGill was convicted more than 20 years ago in the fatal beating and stabbing of 70-year-old Susan Phillips after she evicted him from a Northern Liberties boarding house.

He made headlines in 1992 during the penalty phase of his murder trial when he was called to testify.

Instead of taking the stand, the 29-year-old-man bolted past the witness box and through a second floor window of Courtroom 243 at Philadelphia City Hall.

McGill plunged 30 feet and landed in a maintenance pit.

He was critically injured, suffering extensive leg, arm and back injuries.

His rescue from the pit was captured on camera by an Action News crew.

Prosecutors originally sought the death penalty in the case.