Milford home invasion killer gets life in prison

 

DOVER — A Philadelphia man received life in prison Tuesday morning for the first-degree murder of John G. Harmon at his Milford residence on Aug. 8, 2015.

Abdul T. White was sentenced in Kent County Superior Court following a two-week trial and Nov. 2, 2017, conviction on numerous offenses stemming from a home invasion, kidnapping, weapons possession and threatening other victims, according to court documents.

Mr. White was 31 years old when arrested in December 2015 and then extradited to Milford from Philadelphia, authorities said.

The late Mr. Harmon, 40, died at a residence in the 500 block of N. Walnut Street.

Other convicted charges included possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, 30 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, home invasion, first-degree kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, second-degree kidnapping, possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, nine counts of aggravated menacing, wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

White also received multiple Level 5 sentences to run consecutively, along with work release and probation orders.

White was ordered to have no contact with victims, anger management treatment and substance abuse evaluation with an order to follow the recommended treatment.

Abdul T. White

Judge Jeffrey J. Clark issued the sentencing order. Deputy Attorneys General Jason C. Cohee and Lindsay Taylor prosecuted the case, with attorneys Edward C. Gill and Alexander Funk representing the defendant.

According to Delaware State Police at the time, White was also arrested on organized crime and racketeering charges.

Last week White unsuccessfully attempted to obtain evidence he claimed was “exculpatory and that the State has refused to produce,” according to Judge Clark in a three-page order. He was seeking information on former State Firearm’s Identification Expert Carl Rone’s “suspension, discipline, and resignation from State employment.

“Mr. White argues that this information is necessary to file post-trial motions prior to his sentencing.”

Judge Clark denied White’s motion to compel last Thursday after the matter was submitted the prior day.

The state did not learn of an investigation of Mr. Rone until Jan. 19, 2018, the judge noted, and “also represents that it has no definitive answer to Mr. White’s inquiry because the investigation has not concluded.

“Moreover, the State has not represented that it will refuse to voluntarily produce information regarding the investigation once concluded. Rather, the State alleges that it is not yet in a position to determine if exculpatory information exists.”

The judge declined “to speculate as to what post-trial issues Mr. White will raise.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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