Guilty Plea Expected In Northern Liberties Murder

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The accused murderer of a young woman in Northern Liberties in the summer struck a deal with prosecutors on Thursday.

Donte Johnson, 18 (above right), agreed  to plead guilty to the first-degree murder of 20-year-old Sabina O’Donnell (above left) as part of a plea deal and will be sentenced to life in prison, taking a possible death penalty out of the equation.

Johnson is charged with raping and murdering the victim outside her apartment as she arrived home on her bike on June 2. Authorities say the evidence against Johnson includes video of him in the area at the time of the crime, DNA, and a confession. He said he targeted her because he liked her bike.

Johnson, who sobbed in court during an earlier court appearance, finished his confession with, “I shouldn’t have did it. I shouldn’t have put my hands on her. All over a bike.”

The hearing is scheduled for December 10th.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060


One Comment

  1. CICI says:


  2. Tracey says:

    I’m ppd, I’m the law , I’m also a forgive person, I beleive n god, pray for the family, and this young man will have a lonnnnggggg…….. Time 2 think about what he did , my god bless ALL

  3. snady says:

    The Crime of muredr and Rape ie DEATH and that’s what he is uppose to do, DIE.

  4. ZZBAR says:

    Just plain Stupid !!

  5. amani .. says:

    so sad 2 young lives down the drain i will be praying for both families…..hopefully this young man understands that his decision controled his and her destiny!

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