Phoenixville murder suspect pleads guilty

WEST CHESTER – The Delaware County man accused of being the gunman in a fatal shooting during the robbery of a fast food employee from Phoenixville pleaded guilty Monday as his trial was scheduled to begin.

Saleem I. Williams admitted during a 30-minute long hearing that he was the man who fired the shot that killed 23-year-old Selvin Memerto Lopez-Maurico, a Guatemalan native who worked at a Wendy’s restaurant in Royersford on Sept. 14, 2011. The victim was walking home from work when he was accosted by three people, including Williams, who were “on a mission” to rob someone.

Williams, 21, of Sharon Hill was sentenced to 40-to-80 years in state prison for that crime, as well as an attempted escape from Chester County he had planned with another inmate and two women. Williams, who did not make a statement to President Judge James P. MacElree I about the crime, had agreed to help in the prosecution of the former high school senior who supplied the weapon he used.

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