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Pa. man faces long prison term after 44 arrests net 0 convictions | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Pa. man faces long prison term after 44 arrests net 0 convictions
By: ASSOCIATED PRESS | Richmond Times Dispatch
Published: February 02, 2012
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia man arrested 44 times without a conviction faces at least 32 years in federal prison for a pair of armed robberies.
After two days of deliberations, a jury Wednesday convicted 25-year-old John Gassew of two counts each of robbery and possession of a firearm during a crime.
Gassew was profiled by The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2010 after he was arrested 44 times without a conviction in the city court system. About 20 of those cases collapsed after witnesses failed to appear for court.
Federal prosecutors praised the witnesses who testified during Gassew's most recent trial, including four victims who identified him as their assailant.
Sentencing is scheduled for May.