Friday, January 17, 2014PITTSBURGH- A Mercer County teen pleaded guiltyon charges of violating the federal Hobbs Act conspiracy and Hobbs Act robbery laws in Pittsburgh U.S. District Court on Thursday.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, 19-year old Devine Campbell of Farrell was 17 years old at the time that he robbed the B&M Market in Farrell on December 20, 2011. Prior to pleading guilty, Campbell waived his right to a juvenile proceeding and agreed to be prosecuted as an adult. Campbell then pled guilty as an adult to two counts before United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry.
Subsequent to pleading guilty, Campbell waived a pre-sentence report and was sentenced by Judge McVerry to 15 years in prison. Under the terms of the plea agreement, 10 years of this sentence are to be served concurrently with Campbell's state court sentence of 35 years to life imprisonment for second-degree murder. In November, 2013, a jury in Mercer County convicted Campbell of participating in the murder of local bar owner William Basilone. The remaining five years of Campbell's federal sentence are to be served consecutively to Campbell's state court murder sentence.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Southwest Mercer County Police, and the Mercer County District Attorney's Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Devine Campbell.