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Philadelphia woman Sentenced for her role in deadly fire bombings

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The United States Department of Justice (www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/February/) announced today that Kidada Savage, 31, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to life in prison for her role in the October 9th, 2004 deaths of a federal witness’s family.

The murders were carried out by firebombing the Eugene Coleman’s family home. Coleman was a federal witness at the time. Six people, including 4 children were murdered in the arson fire. Savage is the sister of Kaboni Savage who had ordered the firebombing while waiting for trial for drug charges. . Kaboni and Kidada Savage were also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, retaliating against a witness by murder and using fire to commit a felony.

The Justice Department stated that “Kidada Savage acted as a go-between for her brother, who was in federal custody awaiting a drug trial. Lamont Lewis, pleaded guilty in the case as the one who committed the actual firebombing and is awaiting sentencing. Robert Merritt and Steven Northington were also convicted in the case. Northington was sentenced to life; Merritt is awaiting sentencing.

Kidada Savage was convicted on May 13, 2013, of six counts of murder in aid of racketeering, all related to the firebombing of Eugene Coleman’s family home

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and the Maple Shade Police Department in New Jersey. The United States Bureau of Prisons, United States Marshals Service and the Philadelphia / Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force also assisted in the investigation.

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