Gabriella Long was a seventeen year old from Pennsylvania who was living with her Grandfather. Gabriella Long would convince her friends Mercedes Hall, Christopher Cortez and Devin Cunningham that they should murder her Grandfather and steal the money in the safe.
When Christopher Cortez fatally stabbed the elderly man Gabriella and Mercedes were apparently hiding in the bedroom. After the elderly man was dead the teen killers would steal $30,000 and go on a shopping spree. Gabriella Long would plead guilty to third degree murder and be sentenced to 35 to 80 years in prison.
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Gabriella Elizabeth Long, 18, pleaded guilty Monday to third degree murder for the April 2019 death of her 71-year-old grandfather Joseph Monka in Edwardsville.
Three others were also charged in Monka’s death. Mercedes Hall, 16, and Christopher Cortez, 20, have also pleaded guilty to third degree murder. Devin Cunningham, 21, is awaiting trial.
Prosecutors say Cortez stabbed Monka while Long and Hall were in a nearby bedroom.
The four also stole $30,000 from Monka. They allegedly went on a shopping spree after committing the murder. Long was living with Monka at the time of the murder.
Gabriella Long was sentenced to 35 to 80 years in prison.
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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.
Gabriella 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.
Gabriella 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, Gabriella 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.
#Mercedes Hall was sentenced to 6 to 12 years in prison#
Cunningham has not entered a plea or faced trial in county court. He is charged with homicide, criminal conspiracy, theft and robbery.
Gabriella 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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A teenager received a sentence of up to 80 years in prison after admitting her role in the tragic murder of her grandfather last year. 18-year-old Gabriella Long pleaded guilty on Monday to third-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of her 71-year-old grandfather, Joseph Monka, in his Edwardsville residence in April 2019. Shortly after her admission, County Judge William H. Amesbury sentenced Long to serve 17½ to 40 years on each count consecutively, meaning Long could spend anywhere between 35 to 80 years in state prison.
Long was 17 and staying at her grandfather’s Arch Street home at the time of his killing. She is the third of four defendants in the case to plead guilty to his murder.
Long and three others — Christopher Cortez, Devin Cunningham and Mercedes Hall — allegedly set a trap for Monka as they plotted to steal cash that he purportedly kept locked up in a basement safe, prosecutors said.
Long reportedly pretended to be in distress and called out to her grandfather for help, prosecutors allege. When he rushed to rescue his granddaughter, Cortez and Cunningham ambushed Monka – stabbing him dozens of times and brutally beating him with a golf club. After battering him to death, the four defendants reportedly stole about $30,000 in cash from Monka’s safe and drove off in his vehicle.
Cortez, who pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in June, was sentenced to 35 to 80 years in state prison. Hall was just 16 at the time of the heinous crime. She is yet to be sentenced despite pleading guilty to third-degree murder. Cunningham, meanwhile, is charged with homicide, criminal conspiracy, theft, and robbery. However, he has not entered a plea agreement or faced trial in county court
Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino said Long is likely to spend at least 40 to 50 years in prison. Prosecutors agreed to withdraw a number of charges, including theft and tampering with evidence, in exchange for her guilty plea.
In another shocking episode in May, an Arizona resident reportedly slit his 81-year-old grandmother’s throat because he “was tired of taking care of her.” Helen Smith was allegedly killed by 30-year-old Brandon Smith, who was charged with first-degree murder in his grandma’s death. She was found in the bathroom of the house that she had shared with Brandon in Chandler. Authorities from Chandler Police Department said that Helen, who suffered from dementia, was found with multiple stab wounds at the scene.
According to the arrest report, Brandon told law enforcement that he became frustrated after Helen allegedly urinated on herself one fateful morning. He subsequently took her to the bathroom for a shower and slapped her in the face, leading Helen to fall in the tub and lose consciousness, according to WFSB.
Brandon said it was then that he realized he didn’t want his grandma to “live like this anymore.” So, he grabbed a knife from the kitchen and slit his grandmother’s throat in the tub. Immediately after, the 30-year-old dialed 911 and reported to authorities that his grandma was “not breathing” and that it looked like “someone had beaten her up and sliced her throat.”
According to law enforcement, Brandon was already on probation for aggravated assault.