Steven Procopio is a man from Pennsylvania who will spend the rest of his life behind bars for a triple murder that took place in 2018. According to court records Anthony Lavon Cooper would fatally shoot Nichole Pumphrey and Lawrence Cannon, both 31, and 10-year-old Amariah Emer. Apparently Anthony Lavon Cooper would sneak into the home and killed Nicole Pumphrey and Lawrence Cannon as they slept on the couch. When 10 year old Amariah Emer entered the room she would be shot and killed by Steven Procopio.
Anthony Lavon Cooper would plead guilty to two counts of second degree murder and received thirty years in prison. Steven Procopio decided to go to trial and was convicted of the three murders and received two life without parole sentences.
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A jury found Steven Procopio guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of third-degree murder in the deaths of Amariah Emery and her mother, Nichole Pumphrey.
The jury deliberated for a total of seven hours. The second-degree murder convictions carry a sentence of life without parole, and a sentencing date will be scheduled.
Procopio has been on trial during the past 2 1/2 weeks for the deaths of 10-year-old Amariah Emery and her mother, 31-year-old Nichole Pumphrey, in a case that involved a triple homicide and also the death of Pumphrey’s friend, 31-year-old Lawrence Cannon.
Procopio was one of two suspects in the case. The other defendant, Anthony “Mook” Cooper of Detroit, pleading guilty to having shot Cannon and Pumphrey. Procopio also is implicated in her death because the two men, according to testimony and court records, reportedly were going to her house the night of Oct. 15, 2018, to rob them when the murders occurred instead.
Cooper pleaded guilty to two counts of third degree murder in the deaths of the two adults. Procopio is on trial for killing the child and shooting at the mother. He is facing two counts of criminal homicide.
The jury deliberated from noon until 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday then reconvened at 9 a.m. Thursday.
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Steven Procopio, 21, has been found guilty in the killing of 10-year-old Amariah Emry.
Procopio and accomplice Anthony Cooper, 21 went to the West North St. and Robinson in New Castle home of Lawrence Cannon and 31-year-old Nichole Pumphrey in October of 2018 to supposedly rob the victims, and after a fight occurred, Cooper allegedly shot and killed Cannon and Pumphrey and Procopio allegedly shot and killed Henry.
Cooper pleaded guilty to killing Pumphrey and Cannon, but did not plead guilty to killing 10-year-old Emry.
A third suspect, Jody Hammer, was also arrested on charges relating to the murder, but all charges were dropped against her.
During the trial an interview between a detective and Procopio was played, where he admitted to being at the home when the death occurred but denied that he shot her.
According to New Castle Police, Procopio knew Pumphrey and her children, and used to babysit them.
Procopio will be sentenced to criminal homicide on December 9 by Judge Dominick Motto.