Teen Gets 35 Years to Life for Murdering Spring Garden Dad Gerard Grandzol in Front of 2-Year-old Daughter
Marvin Roberts, who was 16 at the time of the 2017 Spring Garden shooting, pleaded guilty Friday morning to 1st-degree murder, robbery, conspiracy and related charges in the death of 38-year-old Gerald Grandzol. He was given the mandatory minimum sentence under a plea agreement with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
The agreement, which gave Common Pleas Judge Glenn Bronson "trepidation," spares Grandzol's family from a lengthy trial and potential appeals. Anthony Voci Jr., chief of the district attorney's office homicide unit, called it a "knockdown deal" with no future appeals possible beyond the 30 days mandated by Pennsylvania law.
Roberts' older brother, Maurice Roberts, was sentenced last month to 25 to 50 years in prison after pleading guilty to 3rd-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy for the shooting. He did not pull the trigger, but carried the gun his younger brother used to shoot Grandzol.