US woman sentenced for firebombing
Kidada Savage, 31, of Philadelphia, was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for her role in the October 9, 2004 firebombing that killed six members of a federal witness's family.
Savage is the sister of Kaboni Savage, who ordered the firebombing and who was sentenced to death for 12 counts of murder in aid of racketeering.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman for the Justice Department's Criminal Division, United States Attorney Zane David Memeger of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Hanko of the FBI's Philadelphia Division made the announcement.
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. Coleman was a federal witness at the time.
Six people, including four children, were killed in the arson. 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.
Kidada Savage acted as a go-between for her brother, who was in federal custody awaiting a drug trial, and Lamont Lewis, who committed the firebombing. Lewis pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.
Robert Merritt and Steven Northington were also convicted in the case. Northington was sentenced to life; Merritt is awaiting sentencing.
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.
The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Steve Mellin of the Criminal Division's Capital Case Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys David E. Troyer and John M. Gallagher.
(Posted on 22-02-2014)