Philadelphia, August 17 – Following the verdict of a Common Pleas jury sentencing the two defendants to life in prison without parole in the first degree murder of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski, Mayor Michael A. Nutter issued the following statement:
“While there is no sentence that could possibly bring back Sgt. Steve Liczbinski or erase the pain of his death, I hope that today brings some measure of closure for Michelle, Matt, Stephen and Amber. We keep them in our prayers, and they know that they are part of the bigger family of the Philadelphia Police Department and the City of Philadelphia. Steve is one of our heroes, and we will honor his memory by watching over his family.
I appreciate the jury’s commitment and dedication during their deliberations over these past weeks. Their initial verdict ensures that these killers will never again be a menace to Philadelphians, and that our city is safer with them behind bars for as long as they live.”