'Kensington Strangler' guilty, sentenced to three life terms

The now 23-year-old Ant­o­nio Rodriquez, dubbed the "Kens­ing­ton Stran­gler," was found guilty today of rap­ing and killing three wo­men from Holme Circle, Port Rich­mond and East Strouds­burg, Pa. He'll now face three con­sec­ut­ive life­times in pris­on.

The man who strangled three wo­men in Kens­ing­ton in late 2010 was con­victed of their murders Thursday and sen­tenced to three life­times in pris­on.

Ant­o­nio Rodriquez, dubbed the “Kens­ing­ton Stran­gler” as po­lice hunted for him, was found guilty after a short non-jury tri­al.

Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Jef­frey Mine­hart sen­tenced Rodriquez to three con­sec­ut­ive life terms without pa­role after listen­ing to tear­ful testi­mony from the fam­il­ies of his vic­tims: Elaine Gold­berg, 21, of Holme Circle, Nicole Pi­a­centini of Port Rich­mond and Ca­sey Ma­honey of East Strouds­burg, Pa.

Ac­cord­ing to testi­mony at the tri­al, Rodrig­uez raped and strangled the three wo­men, as­saul­ted them again after they had died and then posed their bod­ies.

“This is just a hor­rif­ic case,” the judge said, look­ing at the de­fend­ant. “You vi­ol­ated them after they were dead.”

Rodrig­uez also was found guilty of three charges of rape, in­vol­un­tary de­vi­ate sexu­al in­ter­course and ab­use of a corpse. His sen­tences for those crimes will run con­cur­rently with his murder sen­tences, Mine­hart said.

Gold­berg’s body was found in a Ruth Street lot on Nov. 3, 2010. Pi­a­centini, 35, was found be­hind a va­cant build­ing on the 1900 block of E. Cum­ber­land St. on Nov. 13, 2010.

Identic­al evid­ence led po­lice to be­lieve the same man had murdered both wo­men. After Ma­honey, 27, was killed on Dec. 15, they were able to identi­fy Rodrig­uez, now 23. He was ar­res­ted in late Janu­ary 2011. A DNA sample taken from him after ar­rest matched those taken from the vic­tims.

Po­lice said Rodrig­uez, who was home­less, con­fessed to the crimes.

“The evid­ence was over­whelm­ing,” said As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Car­los Vega, point­ing to the con­fes­sions and the DNA matches.

The de­fend­ant did not testi­fy and his at­tor­ney, Wil­li­am Bowe, did not present any wit­nesses.

Re­port­er John Loftus can be reached at 215-354-3110 or jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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