Life Sentences Considered in Homicide Cases

NORRISTOWN PA – Montgomery County prosecutors say they will not seek death sentences for two men, from Limerick and Philadelphia respectively, if they are convicted of first-degree murder in the October 2022 gunshot deaths of two Pottsgrove High School students, according to a Friday (Jan. 6, 2023) report in the Norristown Times Herald newspaper.

Killed during what reporter Carl Hessler Jr. wrote investigators allege was “a marijuana deal gone awry in Pottstown” were students Skyler James Fox, 17, and Brendan Bacote-Byer, 18.

Accused of the crime are Dominic Alexander Carboni, 18, of Limerick, and Deonte Curtice “Taz” Kelly, 23, of Philadelphia. The men remain in jail without bail pending their trials, scheduled for June.

Hessler reported that prosecutors in the county District Attorney’s office explained their tentative decision is based on “legal standards and the factors they can consider under the law.” As a result, Carboni and Kelly could face life imprisonment if convicted of first-degree murder. Charges of second-and-third-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder also are pending against both, Hessler noted.

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