A Philadelphia man who confessed to 6 murders, 4 of which he served as a hitman for a drug supplier, will spend the remainder of his life in jail, prosecutors revealed.
Ernest Pressley pleaded responsible to 1 depend of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and 4 counts of use of interstate commerce services within the fee of murder-for-hire, Jacqueline C. Romero, the U.S. Lawyer for the Jap District of Pennsylvania, stated Wednesday.
“By his personal admission, Ernest Pressley is an extremely harmful particular person with no qualms about accepting cash to calculatedly and cold-bloodedly homicide anybody,” Romero stated.
Pressley just lately confessed in courtroom to killing 4 of his victims for cash on the course of an unidentified drug trafficker. He was taken into custody on Sept.7, 2018, days after he shot and killed his fourth sufferer, recognized solely as S.S. in courtroom data. The person was discovered shot to loss of life within the car parking zone of a Philadelphia condo advanced on Sept. 1 of that 12 months.
A subsequent investigation into the matter allowed investigators to tie the 42-year-old suspect to different murders within the Philadelphia space, together with the slayings of two tow truck drivers, each of who labored for A. Bob’s Towing.
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Pressley had agreed to kill one of many males, recognized as Okay.F., for cash in order that he wouldn’t testify in an assault trial. In a bid to cowl up the slaying, Pressley first chosen one in every of his co-workers at random and killed him on Jan. 12, 2017 as he left for work. The next day, Pressley approached Okay.F. as he left his house and entered his tow truck, which was being pushed by a co-worker, recognized as E.R.
Pressley then opened fireplace on the pair, fatally putting each males. Prosecutors stated he needed authorities to consider the violence was the results of a feud between the truckers.
Additional investigation revealed Pressley killed one other man, recognized as M.R., on the urging of the trafficker across the similar timeframe.
“The defendant additionally admitted to his function in offering the placement of a person he knew was needed useless by a Philadelphia drug trafficker, which later resulted within the loss of life of a sufferer often known as Y.H., who was killed as the results of mistaken id,” prosecutors stated of the slaying, which occurred in July 2018.
That very same month, Pressley shot an unidentified lady within the arm. Whereas she did survive the assault, she went on to report that somebody had damaged into her house and stolen cash and jewellery.
“A number of hours later, Pressley was recognized as having bought a Rolex watch belonging to the girl at a Philadelphia pawn store,” prosecutors stated.
The suspect’s murdering spree dates again even additional nonetheless. In courtroom earlier this week, Pressley additional confessed to gunning down one other sufferer, C.Y., whereas he sat on his porch the afternoon of July 19, 2016.