2009-10-01 / Police Reports

Pa. Man Gets 31 To 70 Years For Fatal Stabbing

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – An eastern Pennsylvania man has been ordered to spend at least three decades in prison for stabbing a friend to death and attacking four others while on drugs.

Lehigh County Judge James T. Anthony sentenced 33-yearold Robert Carlton Reid on Friday to 31 years and nine months to 70 years in state prison. Reid pleaded guilty in August to third- degree murder and four counts of aggravated assault.

Authorities said Reid stabbed 39-year-old Richard Taylor in the chest in an Allentown apartment before attacking the four others in May 2008.

Lehigh County First Assistant District Attorney Steven Luksa says the defendant was recently diagnosed with depression and bipolar disorder. He calls the crime a “perfect storm of drugs, alcohol and mental health issues.’’

Investigators said the defendant told them he believed the victims were about to rob him of his cell phone.

Reid said he thinks about the murder “every day, every night’’ and believes he should be punished.

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