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Female Philly firebomber sentenced to life in prison for murders

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The female sibling of a convicted murderer and racketeer in Philadelphia, Penn., who carried out a firebombing that killed a federal witness' mother, his wife and four children, was sentenced in federal court on Friday to life in prison, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Kidada Savage was involved in the firebombing on Oct. 9, 2004, that wiped out the entire family of a federal witness who testified against her brother, Kaboni Savage, according to the Justice Department.

The convicted killer's brother had ordered the attack on Eugene Coleman and his innocent family after Coleman agreed to testify against Kaboni at his trial, according to U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Zane David Memeger.

Coleman, who wasn't in the home during the firebomb attack, was once a member of Kaboni Savage's crime crew. He made a deal with the prosecutor to testify against Savage in a narcotics trafficking and racketeering case in return for a lighter sentence.

Both 38-year-old Kaboni and his sister, 31-year-old Kidada Savage, were also convicted of the conspiracy to perpetrate the revenge killings, attempting to murder a federal witness as revenge for his testimony, and detonating an incendiary device, according to the FBI.

Kaboni Savage is well-known in Philadelphia for threatening to murder police investigators, a captain from the detention facility, and saying during a taped conversation that he would torture and kill a federal law enforcement official, according to

"Savage’s brutality -- a police official once called him 'pure evil' -- has been part of the case from the start of the trial. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Troyer flashed pictures of the firebombing victims on large television screens for the jury to see during his opening statement back in February," according to Big Trial.



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