The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

January 20, 2014

Campbell admits shooting store owner

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

FARRELL — Devine A. Campbell will serve 5 years in federal prison for robbing a Farrell market and shooting the store owner on top of the minimum 35 years he will serve in state prison for participating in the murder of William Basilone.

Campbell pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery for the Dec. 20, 2011, hold-up of B&M Market, 644 Wallis Ave.

Campbell, now 19, and another man – charges are pending against Joshua A. Stewart – covered their faces and entered the store at about 7:15 p.m. Campbell held a .22-caliber pistol and fired two shots into the air, officials said.

Campbell forced owner Basil Ramahi to open the register and Ramahi handed over more than $100, federal prosecutors said.

Campbell shot Ramahi in the hip and Stewart allegedly grabbed cigarettes from behind the counter before he and Campbell left.

Campbell was initially charged in Mercer County court. A federal indictment was filed Sept. 23, but was sealed because Campbell was 17 at the time of the filing.

Thursday, Campbell agreed to be prosecuted as an adult and the file was unsealed.

U.S. District Court Judge Terrence F. McVerry, Pittsburgh, sentenced Campbell to 15 years in prison, but allowed 10 years to be served at the same time as his state murder sentence.

According to a motion for additional time in which to file an appeal, Campbell plans to appeal although his plea agreement strips him of most of his appeal rights.

Campbell was sentenced Dec. 4 to 35 years to life for Basilone’s murder. Stewart was the gunman and he has been sentenced to life in prison. Police said the same gun was used in both crimes.