Appeal for man convicted of two homicides
Brandon Olivieri killed two other teens, including one of his own friends, in a 2017 shooting that left a South Philadelphia community both outraged and heartbroken
By NBC10 Staff • Published July 22, 2019 • Updated on July 22, 2019 at 5:45 pm
What to Know
- Olivieri, now 18, was 16 at the time of the shooting in 2017.
- The teenage killer, convicted in May 2019, has spent much of his time in prison in isolated confinement for his safety.
- He shot a neighborhood rival following an ongoing squabble, as well as one of his own friends.
A man who as a juvenile shot and killed two other boys in a squabble that ripped apart a South Philadelphia neighborhood has been sentenced to at least 37 years in prison.
Brandon Olivieri, now 18, shot a neighborhood rival Sal DiNubile during a struggle on the street Oct. 24, 2017. Olivieri also shot his own friend, Caleer Miller, during that struggle over the handgun.
Both victims were 16 years old at the time, as was Olivieri.
In May this year, Olivieri was convicted of first-degree murder for DiNubile’s killing and third-degree murder for Miller’s death.
At sentencing Monday, a judge gave Olivieri 35 years to life in prison for the first-degree charge and two to four years for the third-degree charge.
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Olivieri tearfully surrendered to police three days after the shooting. Around the same time, an internal police bulletin with his name, photo and address was leaked to a local Facebook group. A few hours later, a gunman riddled Olivieri’s home with bullets.
Defense attorney James Lammendola said at the time that Olivieri’s parents were “scared out of their minds that their house was shot” and he also feared for their son’s safety.
Olivieri has spent much of his time in isolated confinement while imprisoned the last 21 months, according to the court docket.
The three-day trial ended May 17 after a jury deliberated for just three hours.