Pennsylvania Officers Charged in Fatal Death of 8-Year-Old Girl

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Three Pennsylvania cops were charged on 12 criminal counts in the fatal shooting of Fanta Bility. 

Three Pennsylvania police officers were charged on Tuesday with their involvement in the shooting death of an 8-year-old who was killed outside a football game, CNN reported.  

Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, officers Brian Devaney, Sean Dolan and Devon Smith were each charged with 12 criminal counts, including one count of voluntary manslaughter, one count of involuntary manslaughter and 10 counts of reckless endangerment, for allegedly shooting and killing Fanta Bility on Aug. 27.  

 L-to-R: Brian Devaney, Sean Dolan, Devon Smith
Credit:Delaware County District Attorney’s office

According to reports, Fanta was leaving a high school football game when two teenagers, Hasein Strand and Angelo “AJ” Ford, began shooting their guns following a dispute.  

The officers, who were overseeing people leaving the game, fired at a moving car on the street between them, the stadium and the attendees. The officer struck four people, including Fanta.  

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A grand jury had been reviewing the evidence from that day since November, according to NPR’s WHYY affiliate.  

“From the moment the call came in on Aug. 27, my team of investigators and prosecutors has worked tirelessly to achieve justice for Fanta and the other victims of that tragic night. Today’s charges are a big step forward in that process,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer said in a statement announcing the charges. 

Bail was set at $500,000 for each defendant, with a preliminary court hearing scheduled for later this month in state court, CNN reported.  

The district attorney withdrew murder charges against the three cops, saying that grand jury developments led his office to drop those charges.  

As for the two teens, Strand pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm and will serve a 32-to-64-month prison sentence. Ford is facing attempted murder, aggravated assault and gun possession charges, according to CNN.    

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