Biden’s Office Announces Criminal Sentencings

Wilmington – Criminal sentencings for a range of crimes were handed down this morning in New Castle County Superior Court, Attorney General Beau Biden’s office announced today.  Several of those sentencings are highlighted below.

 

Media seeking additional information about these cases or comment from a prosecutor should contact Jason Miller, Public Information Officer, at jason.miller@delaware.gov or (302) 893-8939.

 

 

Trio sentenced for 2010 killing during botched Wilmington robbery

 

Today Reuben Stanford, Dawune Boardley, and Jyaire Dennis were sentenced to prison for their roles in a November, 2010 Wilmington robbery that resulted in the shooting death of a co-conspirator.

 

On November 30, 2010 Stanford, Boardley, and Dennis, along with Daryl Teat committed a robbery at Ray’s Deli in the 1200 block of Northeast Boulevard in Wilmington.  During the robbery the store clerk fled and Stanford fired a shot toward the clerk, striking Teat instead.  Teat died from his wounds.  Stanford age 21, pled guilty to Murder 2nd Degree on December 22, 2011.  Boardley, age 20, pled guilty to Robbery 1st Degree and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony on January 10, 2012 and Jyaire Dennis, age 18, pled guilty to Robbery 1st Degree and Conspiracy 2nd Degree on November 17, 2011 for their roles in the crime.

 

Superior Court Judge Mary M. Johnston sentenced Stanford to 15 years in prison, Boardley to 6 years in prison, and Dennis to 3 year in prison.

 

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorneys General Cynthia Faraone and Mark Conner.

 

 

Former Priest sentenced to jail for theft from parishoner

 

Today Father Michael Angeloni, age 62, was sentenced to prison for stealing over $300,000 from a parishioner of the Church of the Holy Child in Brandywine Hundred, where he had served as Assistant Pastor.  The Attorney General’s office initiated an investigation in February, 2011 after its Senior Protection Initiative received a report of suspicious financial activity on the victim’s account. The investigation revealed that Father Angeloni solicited money from the victim on multiple occasions to pay certain expenses when, in fact, the money was used for other purposes. The New Castle County Grand Jury indicted Angeloni in August, 2011 on one count of Theft Over $100,000.  Angeloni pled guilty on November 17, 2011.

 

Today, during his remarks at sentencing the prosecutor noted that between August, 2008 and February, 2011 Father Angeloni had used his position of trust to take the funds from a parishioner who was 86 years-old at the time of the indictment, and that Angeloni had also admitted to an investigator that he had taken donations from the offering collection plate.  The prosecutor acknowledged that Angeloni had a gambling addiction, and noted that casino records showed that he continued to gamble through 2011, including on the day he was indicted.

 

Superior Court Judge Diane Clarke Streett sentenced Angeloni to one year in prison followed by probation and ordered him to repay $305,425 to the victim.  In addition, she ordered him to have no contact with the victim, casinos, or other gambling establishments, to continue receiving gambling treatment, and to obtain a mental health evaluation and follow any recommended treatment.

 

See the Attorney General’s August 3, 2011 indictment press release at http://attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/media/releases/2011/charges8-3.pdf

 

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Kevin Carroll.

 

 

Bank robbers sentenced to lengthy prison sentences

 

Today, Christopher West and David Matthews were sentenced by Superior Court Judge Diane Clarke Streett to prison in unrelated cases where they committed a series of New Castle County robberies, including 5 bank robberies.

 

West, age 26, was charged with one count of Robbery 1st Degree and one count of Robbery 2nd Degree for robbing 3 homes and 4 banks during a crime spree he committed in the summer of 2011.  West pled guilty on January 9, 2012.  Matthews, age 39, was charged with one count of Robbery 1st Degree for the April 29, 2011 robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank. Matthews was convicted following a trial in New Castle County Superior Court on November 3, 2011.

 

West was sentenced as an Habitual Offender, which subjects defendants to enhanced sentences, and he received a 25 years prison sentence.  Matthews, who had a history of felony drug, weapons, and forgery offenses, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

 

The cases were prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Kate Keller.

 

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Governor’s Weekly Message: Make Government More Transparent Through Lobbying Reform Bill


DOVER – In his weekly message, Governor Jack Markell talks about new legislation that would improve government transparency and citizens’ access to information by requiring that lobbyists specifically report on each piece of legislation, each area of the budget or the bond bill, or each proposed state agency regulation that they are lobbying to change and who they are talking with to try and make those changes. The Governor joined lead sponsor Senate President Pro Tempore Tony DeLuca, House Speaker Bob Gilligan and a bipartisan group of legislators this week to introduce Senate Bill 185.

“Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, ‘Sunlight is the best disinfectant,’ and that’s as true today as it was when he first said it,” Markell said. “Over the last several years, we’ve taken a number of important steps in Delaware to let the sunshine in so that the people of Delaware can have real knowledge of how laws are made and put together, and how regulations are proposed and enacted.”

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Transcript for the Governor’s Weekly Message: Make Government More Transparent Through Lobbying Reform Bill


Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Make Government More Transparent Through Lobbying Reform Bill

 

Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant,” and that’s as true today as it was when he first said it.

Over the last several years we’ve taken a number of important steps in Delaware to let the sunshine in so that the people of Delaware can have real knowledge of how laws are made and put together and how regulations are proposed and enacted.

Well, recently I joined with Senator Tony Deluca the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House Bob Gilligan on a bill that they’re introducing.  It’s Senate Bill 185 – and its goal is to have more sunlight with respect to how lobbyists lobby on behalf of bills or on behalf of regulations that they’re involved in.  When enacted, this legislation will ensure that all lobbyists file electronically within five days once they have any kind of direct communication with a member of the General Assembly, with me the Governor, the Lt. Governor, or with people in agencies with respect to regulations.

This is an important bill.  It’s an important step forward – because the people of Delaware have a right to know.  I’ve been pleased to work with so many members of the General Assembly over the last few years to continue to open up Delaware’s government.  Working together, this is a terrific way to ensure that we keep Delaware moving forward.

 


Lt. Governor Denn in Kent County Friday, March 30, 2012

Speaks to 4th Graders at Sunnyside Elementary about Democracy
Provides Remarks to Early Childhood Professionals Conference
Welcomes State of Wyoming Main Street Program to Dover

DOVER – On Friday, March 30th, Lt. Governor Matt Denn will be in Kent County.

Lt. Governor Denn will start his day by speaking to fourth grade students at Sunnyside Elementary School about democracy. In their current lesson, students are learning about civic responsibility and parliamentary procedure. In preparation for the Lt. Governor’s visit, the students have all been preparing questions they would like him to answer about being Lt. Governor and why democracy is important.

Lt. Governor Denn will then address the Early Childhood Professionals Conference. This year, the Delaware Association for the Education of Young Children and the Delaware Head Start Association have collaborated in merging their annual conferences together to bring together the best early childhood education trainers in the field.

Lt. Governor Denn will welcome the State of Wyoming Main Street program on behalf of the State of Delaware. Each year, the State of Wyoming Main Street program tours Main Street towns/cities across the country in conjunction with their annual meeting. This year, since the conference is in Baltimore, they are visiting Dover and Rehoboth Beach. Wyoming Main Street is the state-level coordinating entity that promotes and manages the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program within the state of Wyoming. Wyoming Main Street’s purpose is to assist Wyoming communities of various sizes and resource-levels with their downtown revitalization efforts.

Friday, March 30, 2012

10:00am – 11:00am Visit to Sunnyside Elementary School
123 Rabbit Chase Road
Smyrna

11:45am – 12:45pm Early Childhood Professionals Conference
Delaware Tech-Terry Campus
Building 700 Education and Technology Building
Route 13 and Scarborough Road
Dover

3:15pm – 3:30pm Welcomes the State of Wyoming Main Street Program
Public Archives Building
121 Duke of York Street
Dover


52nd Annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast to Be Held on May 3 in Dover

(DOVER, Del.) – The public is warmly invited to attend the 52nd Annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 3 at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover. The focus of this year’s event is “Compassion.”

This year's guest speaker, Dr. Tony CampoloThe guest speaker will be author, pastor, and social activist Dr. Tony Campolo. A frequent media commentator on religious, social and political matters, Dr. Campolo has appeared on television programs like The Colbert Report, Nightline, Crossfire, Politically Incorrect, The Charlie Rose Show, Larry King Live, CNN Dayside, CNN News and MSNBC News. He is the author of 38 books and is an ordained minister.

Dr. Campolo is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania and also previously served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Eastern College and earned a Ph.D. from Temple University. He is the founder and President of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE), which has worked to create, nurture and support programs for “at-risk” children in cities across North America and has helped establish schools and universities in several developing countries.

The Modern Maturity Center is located at 1121 Forrest Avenue in Dover. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m., with the buffet breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Ticket information: Tickets are $20 each or $200 for a table of 10. Tickets may be purchased by visiting http://gpb12.eventbrite.com (payment by check or credit card). If you cannot register online, please call Karin Duvall at (302) 577-8339 or Gail Stallings at (302) 857-5246 to purchase your tickets. Checks should be made payable to Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, P. O. Box 186, Dover, DE 19903-0186. Ticket sales either online or by phone must be received no later than April 27.