Man found guilty in shooting death of West Chester father

- Authorities say a Chester man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a West Chester father. 

According to authorities, Leyron D. Johns, 20, of Chester was found guilty Friday on charges of first-degree murder for the July 27, 2015 shooting death of Joseph Torres, a West Chester father. He was also found guilty of robbery and possessing instruments of crime. The verdict was delivered by Judge Gregory M. Mallon following a 4-day non-jury trial.

On July 27, around 9:50 pm, Joseph Torres was found by police in the rear of Mano’s Gulf station in the 900 block of Kerlin Street. He was bleeding from the back of his head from a gunshot wound. He was transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on July 28, 2015. Through the course of the investigation, detectives with the Chester Police and Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division determined that Torres had been robbed and shot in the head.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 9.

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