The man convicted last year of the first-degree murder of Philadelphia police officer Moses Walker Jr. in 2012 was sentenced today to life in prison plus 23-47 years.
Judge Jeffrey Minehart found Rafael Jones (right photo) guilty in the attempted robbery and subsequent murder of Moses Walker Jr., who was on his way home after completing his shift in the 22nd police district.
Rafael Jones and a co-defendant, Chancier McFarland, were charged with the 2012 robbery and murder of off-duty police officer Moses Walker.
The alleged killer had been released from prison just ten days before the murder of officer Moses Walker Jr.
Officer Walker’s mother and other relatives say his murder could have been averted had the Board of Probation and Parole done its job.
The prosecution has presented evidence that both defendants charged with the robbery and murder of Officer Moses Walker made statements admitting their involvement.
Governor Tom Corbett wants the state parole board to investigate the circumstances surrounding the release of a 23-year-old man accused of killing an off-duty Philadelphia police officer.
Philadelphia homicide detectives said on Sunday the second suspect in the murder of Officer Moses Walker, Jr. is in police custody in Montgomery, Alabama.
Police say they are very close to arresting the alleged second suspect; 19-year-old Chancier McFarland.
One of the two men suspected in the murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker Jr. allegedly confessed to the crime, according to police sources.
Philadelphia police have not yet filed charges in the murder of Officer Moses Walker Jr., but more details regarding the criminal history of the 23-year-old person of interest have emerged.