Gabriella Long was seventeen when she along with three friends would murder her grandfather. According to court documents Gabriella Long, Mercedes Hall, Christopher Corteze and Devin Cunningham would go to the victims home where Long would call out for her Grandfather in a remote part of the home where he would be ambushed by the other participants. The goal was a large sum of money in the Grandfather safe. This teen killer would eventually plead guilty to third degree murder and would be sentenced to 35 to 80 years in prison.
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Date of Birth: 08/14/2001
Height: 5′ 08″
Current Location: MUNCY
Permanent Location: MUNCY
Committing County: LUZERNE
Last Updated Time: 10/21/2020 4:00:18 AM
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The girl was just 17 when she and three others plotted to rob and kill her grandfather in April 2019 for $30K in cash and his car.
Now, Gabriella Long will be spending decades in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in Luzerne County Court, according to WNEP-TV.
County Judge William H. Amesbury immediately sentenced Long to serve 17½ to 40 years on each count. The sentences will be served consecutively, the Citizens Voice reported.
Long is likely to spend at least 40 to 50 years in prison, prosecutors in the case said.
It is a huge swing for Long, whose legal team was at one point considering a bid to move her case to juvenile court.
Long and three others were charged in the plot to rob and kill Joseph Monka, 71, at his Edwardsville home.
Both 16-year-old Mercedes Hall and Christopher Corteze have already pleaded guilty. The fourth is Devin Cunningham, whose trial is scheduled to begin on September 28 in Wilkes-Barre.
Details from the Citizens Voice:
According to prosecutors, Long was the key in setting a trap for her grandfather. She called out to him for help, pretending to be in distress somewhere in the home, and Cortez and Cunningham ambushed Monka, stabbing him dozens of times and beating him severely with a golf club.
All four then stole about $30,000 in cash from Monka’s safe and drove off in his vehicle, prosecutors allege.
Cortez pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in June. He was sentenced to 35 to 80 years in state prison.
Hall, who was 16 at the time of the crime, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. She has not been sentenced.
Cunningham has not entered a plea or faced trial in county court. He is charged with homicide, criminal conspiracy, theft and robbery.
Long was silent as she was led into a courthouse in Wilkes-Barre on Monday, WNEP reports, adding:
Inside, Long’s mother and grandmother told the judge before sentencing that they tried for years to get Long the mental health help she needs. They said they hope she can now get that help while serving the 35-to 80-year prison sentence that the unmoved judge handed down.
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A woman is headed to prison after admitting to charges in the murder of her grandfather.
Gabriella Long was just 17 years old when she and three others plotted to rob and kill her grandfather, Joseph Monka, 71, of Edwardsville, in April of 2019.
Long was silent as she was led into a courthouse in Wilkes-Barre
This visit to the courthouse was supposed to be about moving her case to juvenile court. She was 17 at the time of the murder, but instead, she entered a guilty plea to third-degree murder and other charges, a development that prosecutors are not surprised by.
“These cases have been moving toward a resolution. We have been working really hard reviewing the case, putting the case together. We had a compelling case, and oftentimes when you have a compelling case, and you’re ready to move forward, a resolution is reached,” said Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino.
Long’s mother and grandmother were in court before the judge passed his sentence. They spoke about how they tried for years to get Long the mental health help she needs. They hope she can now get that help while serving a 35-to 80-year sentence in prison.
“There’s a lot of emotion in any homicide plea, but when family is involved on both sides of a homicide, absolutely, it was very emotional for them,” Ferentino said.
Three others were also charged with Monka’s murder. Both 16-year-old Mercedes Hall and Christopher Corteze have already pleaded guilty. The fourth is Devin Cunningham.
“We’re going to be ready if Mr. Cunningham is seeking a trial in this case. We’re going to be ready to have a trial on the event that resolves, but at this point, we’re ready to try that case,” Ferentino said.
The trial for Cunningham is scheduled to begin on September 28 in Wilkes-Barre.
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