Wayne County District Attorney A.G. Howell announced the sentencing of Coneil Moore aka “Murda” in the stomping murder of Joseph Keith Stengline.
Senior Judge Kenneth W. Seamans sentenced Moore, 33, to 11.5 to 24 years in a State Correctional Institution after he had previously pleaded guilty to thirfdrd degree Murder (F1). Moore also waived all post sentence rights, appellate rights, and post-conviction relief acts rights.
On December 8, 2017, Joseph Keith Stengline, Sr., 62, was beaten and stomped to death by the five individuals who entered his home to rob and assault the home’s occupants. The items sought to be stolen were drugs and cash. The five defendants traveled from Monroe County to Gouldsboro to commit the robbery. The elder Stengline was kicked and stomped repeatedly, causing a skull fracture and subdural hematoma. He died five days later in the hospital.
Moore’s fellow conspirators were previously sentenced as follows:
Darian Jemal “Smoove” Daniels, 26, of Monroe County, pleaded Nolo Contendere to Third Degree Murder (F1) on November 15, 2019. Senior Judge Raymond L. Hamill sentenced Daniels to 12 years to 24 years in a State Correctional Institution.
Lewis “Ricky” Tucker, Jr., 28, of Monroe County pleaded Nolo Contendere to Third Degree Murder (F1) on November 13, 2019. Senior Judge Raymond L. Hamill sentenced Tucker to 15 years to 30 years in a State Correctional Institution.
Kevin “Kas” Jordan, 22, of Monroe County pleaded guilty to Third Degree Murder (F1) on February 14, 2019. Senior Judge Raymond L. Hamill sentenced Jordan to 12 years to 24 years in a State Correctional Institution.
Steven “Creez” Cooper, 20, of Monroe County plead guilty to Criminal Conspiracy – Robbery with Serious Bodily Injury to Another (F1) on February 20, 2020. Senior Judge Kenneth W. Seamans sentenced Cooper on April 7, 2020 to 4 to 8 years in a State Correctional Institution.
District Attorney Howell stated he was thankful that this tragic incident has finally been brought to a legal conclusion. “Over two and a half years ago Joseph Stengline, Sr, was the victim of a savage and senseless attack by a gang of robbers who arrived in Wayne County to steal drugs and cash generated by drug sales. Despite the blame shifting and total lack of credibility of the Defendants that complicated and delayed the investigation, the cooperative efforts of the Wayne County Detectives, Pennsylvania State Police, Lehigh Township Police, Pocono Mountain Regional Police, the United States Marshalls, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations has finally brought some measure of justice to the Stengline family. This case is an example of the dangers and far reaching impact of illegal drug dealing. Law Enforcement in Wayne County will continue to root out and prosecute the dealers and users of poison in Wayne County."