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19-Year-Old Convicted of Second-Degree Murder for 2011 Shooting

Monique Robinson, 19, will spend the rest of her life in prison for her role in the 2011 murder of Selvin Lopez-Mauricio.

Monique Robinson will spend the rest of her life in prison.

On Thursday, the 19-year-old Phoenixville native was found guilty of second-degree murder for her role in the shooting death of a Guatemalan man in Phoenixville in September of 2011, The Mercury is reporting. In Pennsylvania, a second-degree murder conviction caries with it a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

when Saleem Williams and Stephan Reidler—the two men who had already pleaded guilty to murder charges in the case—testified that Robinson provided the murder weapon that Williams used to gun down Selvin Lopez-Mauricio. The following day, despite the strong advice of her attorney, Robinson refused to testify on her own behalf.

On Thursday, the jury of nine men and three women deliberated for six hours before delivering their verdict, according to the paper. 

Previous Phoenixville Patch Coverage of the Case

  • 19-Year-Old on Trial for Murder Won't Talk to Jury
  • Shooter in Phoenixville Murder Says Robinson Told Him to Pull Trigger
  • Phoenixville Teen Heads to Trial for 2011 Murder
  • Gunman Pleads Guilty to Murder of Phoenixville Man
  • Murder Defendant Appears in District Court on Drug Charges
  • Preliminary Hearing Held for Robinson on Murder Charges
  • Police: Unknown Where Robinson Was Hiding
  • Breaking: Third Phoenixville Murder Suspect Turns Herself In
  • Report: Murder Suspect Robinson May Be in North Philly
  • Police: Alleged Shooter Had Drugs at Time of Arrest
  • Chief: Black Bag Is Key to Murder Investigation
David P. April 05, 2013 at 04:04 PM
I feel really bad for her. I realize she was in the wrong when she decided to rob the guy, but given her age, I don't think it's fair that she must now spend the rest of her life in prison; especially when she didnt pull the trigger. I checked out her facebook before it was taken down and she seems like a nice, cute girl who just got caught up with the wrong crowd and made a very very poor decision. In any event, I wish her well and hope she can find meaning to her life while in prison.
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, April 05, 2013 at 05:38 PM
This whole case is sad and heart breaking, for the deceased and the convicted. When does it end? When do these kids stop pulling guns, and thinking they are entitled to anything they want. Altho its horrible that such a young girl will spend her life now in jail, it also needs to be carried out so others will learn from her actions. I do know this family and it is sad, they were all babies raising babies. Sad!!!
Compassionate Conservative April 05, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Tack on robbery, aggravated assault, theft, conspiracy, and handgun violations to the life sentence. She was stupid for not taking the plea agreement, unless she wanted to spend her life behind bars. The other two took plea agreements, so they have the chance to leave prison before they die. Why haven't they arrested the people that assisted her in flight to avoid apprehension. She certainly deserves life in prison and serves as a deterrent story for others.
corey April 05, 2013 at 07:34 PM
I feel so sorry for all involved. One young person gone, and 3 more lives are ruined. Monique is so young and now her her life will be spent behind bars. Sad story. No one wins. God Bless the families
harry finster April 06, 2013 at 01:57 AM
just another phoenixville story ,there are so many troubled people there they should put gates around the town to keep them in ,at least they cant pollute other places
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, April 06, 2013 at 02:18 AM
What's sad, is the one who pulled the trigger, has a chance of getting out of jail one day...I still would like to think that by not taking a plea and refusing to testify is Moniques way of showing true remorse for what she has done. I asked this in another blog, whatever became of the Gun? They said it was her fathers?? Is it still out there on the streets or was it found? Somewhere, there is a writer out there who will write of this tragic story, and hopefully it will help turn some kids lives around and away from a life of crime. My prayers are with you Monique, I hope you can find some peace. Humble yourself, turn your life over to the Lord ask for forgiveness ..
Hey Jude April 06, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Used to live in the Ville: I can only hope your conclusion is fulfilled. But that would seem reasonable only if she got a lawyer and turned herself in as soon as the death became known. Then her story might have significance. But running from her crime, and thinking she is smarter than her lawyer, don't seem remorseful to me.
hacker70 April 06, 2013 at 01:19 PM
How about saying a few prayers for the guy they killed while your at it.
Jose Parra April 06, 2013 at 02:19 PM
It was a difficult time for me and the one family member to have to wait for the verdict to come on Thursday. Miss Robinson had an opportunity to receive a sentence of what we were told by DA Hobart at the beginning to third degree murder which carries 20 to 40 years sentence before the other two pleaded out their cases. Finally the judge asked the defense attorney and the DA to again to come with an agreement before the trial. We had another meeting with the DA's office and the offer was decided to be 30 to 60 years in prison. Both times Miss Robinson refused to take those offers. She did not accept responsibility, remorse, and apologize to the family for her part in this crime. Now she will have to do life in prison. Saleem Williams got off easy because he is the one who shot and killed Selvin Mamerto Lopez-Mauricio. I do not believe any of the two witnesses that committed these horrific crimes are 100% percent telling the truth. They had plenty to gain to not get life sentences. The family thanks all who have been there for them in this time of difficult moment.
Lorraine April 06, 2013 at 03:44 PM
the original harry finster1 you only make yourself look ignorant. Your comments .... I see them now and just say consider the source. I see your name and don't even bother to read what you say anymore. I'm know I'm not the only one that feels this way. Every town has it's good and it's bad. There are many great things and great people in Phoenixville.
Lorraine April 06, 2013 at 03:46 PM
It's a sad sad situation whichever way you look at it.
Hey Jude April 06, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Well said Jose Parra!
gophils April 06, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Selvin Lopez-Mauricio's murder was horrifying. A young, healthy man, working very hard and doing what he needed to do to build a good life. He had no way of knowing that a few blocks away, three three criminals had decided to "rob and roll a Mexican." Immigrants are vulnerable. Racism is real. Selvin had a backpack. Three cold-blooded drug addicts left him bleeding in the street, panicked and dying. Nothing makes this better, not even three convictions. But the convictions are very important. Thank you, Phoenixville Police Department, Chester County District Attorney and Jose Parra and the DaOmI Foundation.
Hey Jude April 06, 2013 at 09:42 PM
It must have been a long, lonely, and horribly painful ride from the courtroom back to the prison. No more pant-suits, hair-dos, or attorney meetings to discuss legal strategy. Nope. None of it. Now its a life of prison issued-clothing, prison cooked food (no Wendy's), no more "missions" , no sleeping in, no more girlie-talk about doing any damn thing you want. You, Madam, are officially CONVICTED. And if this sounds cruel, just think of the victim who died, and his uncle who not only witnessed this horrific crime, but sat through the trial. Monique Robinson was vicious to the end and now the end of her life must be examined. Between now and that final day she will know nothing but prison.
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, April 07, 2013 at 05:46 AM
Can't imagine looking back to when I was 19 and being told, you will now spend the rest of your life behind bars and every move and every breath you take will now be supervised. I just can not imagine that kind of life..
patchsux April 07, 2013 at 12:25 PM
why do people feel sorry for these people? they gunned a man down for no reason except for fun I dont care how young they are or how ruff the home life is they killed someone and I wish they had got the death penalty for the crime. so life in prison is a good thing I hope they never get out and maybe they will die a violet death themselves good riddance to the scum
Ike April 07, 2013 at 01:41 PM
I am so sorry for the family of the young Selvin Mamerto Lopez-Mauricio. But Jose , i dont know who you think you are. but go back to where you came from,,,Pottstown,,Philly,Norristown, where ever.Who do you think you are?? And you should stop talking to young ladies ,girls,next time you talk to my grandaughter , we will really talk!.Your kind of full of it.
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, April 07, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Its not that I feel sorry to the point she deserves less punishment, I feel sorry for the whole situation. Her life could have been so much different. Ole' Harry on here will blame it on the fact she lived in Phoenixville, but that's not true, its happening all across the United States and beyond. Kids simply (not all kids) have no respect for anyone, let alone themselves or someone elses life.its a sad situation all around. The brazeness of Monique, and the other two thugs to me is appauling, they should have never been offered a plea! She ran from the law, was in hiding for months she deserves everything she gets. And I do hope the courts persue who hid her for 3 months and prosecute them as well!
harry finster April 07, 2013 at 06:59 PM
i hope you are being sarcastic
maureen April 08, 2013 at 03:15 AM
I did wonder if she trusted her family's judgement when deciding to run, to not take the plea, to not speak in her own defense? Was she really 'brazen' and arrogant right up to the sentencing or did she truly not understand what was about to come down upon her head? The shooter- who killed this innocent man- got less of a sentence than the person who told him to shoot. The bottom line is that he killed the man. He didn't have to listen to her. Why was he encouraged to throw her under the bus for a lesser sentence when he was the actual murderer? Either way, our sympathies should go out to the victim, who seems to have been lost in the story. I hope he rests in peace knowing justice has been served.
John April 08, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I'm a loser
John April 08, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I'm an idiot, don't listen to me.
Beelzebub April 12, 2013 at 06:19 AM
Are you the same Jose Parra who is a convicted drug dealer? I believe so. http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets/CPReport.ashx?docketNumber=CP-15-CR-0000954-1992
Ike April 16, 2013 at 02:21 AM
Oh my ,,,, could this be the fine man Jose?????? IS THIS HIM???/ IS THIS YOU ,,JOE??? Mr.Parra,, would you care to tell the truth to M. Truth!
Kazia Wittek April 19, 2013 at 04:07 PM
At 19 what in the hell are you doing with a handgun ? She had no remorse as she sat and ate the WENDYS food in the apartment after the murder. She's a cold-blooded person. Someone robbing a drug dealer for drugs is someone who has an addiction. Someone who brings a gun along to rob someone is looking for more than just drugs. Dont let the cute face fool you. To the family of Selvin, I am so deeply sorry for your loss.
MJ May 03, 2013 at 07:15 PM
WHO ARE YOU GUYS TO JUDGE? MONIQUE WAS CONVICTED ON 2ND DEGREE MURDER WHEN THE ACTUAL SHOOTER WHICH IS SALEEM GOT 3RD DEGREE? you guys don't see anything wrong with that? that's not funny to yous? you should be ashamed of yourselffs to sit on here and talk about a 19 year old girl who is innocent. SHE WAS AT THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME. ----- you guys never been there before? oh okay POINT IS SHE HAS MORE TIME THAN THE ACTUAL MAN THAT PULLED THE TRIGGER, AND THE QUESTION IS WHY? BECAUSE SHE CHOSE TO FIGHT FOR HER LIFE AND NOT TAKE A PLEA!!!!!!!! MONIQUE IS INNOCENT. SHES THE MOST PRECIOUS GIRL IVE EVER MET.
harry finster May 03, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Yeah, she was sooo precious she was dividing up that money that she helped steal with no thought of the guy THEY killed and left him lying in the street to die. How precious was she when she was eating his food and spending his money while he laid in a coffin? That's how much regard for life (another life) those 3 individuals had. Yeah, she was real precious. Hey, she rolled the dice and decided not to plea and got dimed out by her "friends" so she lost her gamble. Sucks for her but she made the decision to fight the charges and lost. If she would've plead then she'd most likely have been out in 5-8 years. Now she'll never get out. It's sucks for her but that's the gamble she made. Just like the gamble she made with her friends by deciding to rob and shoot a poor guy who worked hard for his money. You should have some shame.
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, May 06, 2013 at 08:56 AM
This Precious Innocent little girl also went on the run for several months too don't forget. If she was so innocent, she would have stepped up, but she didn't. She and the people that hid her gave no closure to the victims family and cost the county and taxpayers a lot of $$$. This precious innocent child will now live off the the taxpayers behind bars, probably would have lived off them anyways collecting welfare anyways.
MJ May 09, 2013 at 02:01 PM
so what she ran! I would have to, the girl was scared for her life, and she got her self together while "running" as yous would say to get together a lawyer and decide to fight for her life bc those scum bags accused her of everything and lied numerous times. no ones stories match, Monique didn't lie one time, Caitlyn, saleem, and reidler did
MJ May 09, 2013 at 02:38 PM
and she wont be spending the rest of her life behind bars because god is with her, and sooner than later she will be home, continuing her life, and succeeding, she doesn't deserve to be convicted of 2nd degree murder when she didn't lay a hand on Selvin (RIP) and his uncle even said that Robinson did not lay a hand on him! Know what your talking about before trying to convict or even judging someone.

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