Man gets maximum sentence for brutal Easter robbery of woman, 93

robbery conviction
Antonio Santiago, 30. (Credit: Philadelphia Police Department).

A judge on Wednesday handed down the maximum penalty to a Bridesburg man convicted of robbery and assault for last year’s brutal Easter Sunday attack of a 93-year-old woman.

Calling the incident “a crime against humanity,” Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert P. Coleman sentenced 30-year-old Antonio Santiago to 20 to 40 years behind bars for assaulting Estelle DiCamillo, 93, near her Rhawnhurst home on April 8, 2012.

Investigators said DiCamillo was walking home from Bells Corner Supermarket on the 8300 block of Loretto Avenue when Santiago attacked her from behind, grabbed her pocketbook, pushed her to the ground and fled.

Coleman pointed out Santiago made away with only a pack of Kleenex, a partial denture and some checks that were in DiCamillo’s purse.

“She would have probably given them to you if you asked her,” he said.

Santiago was arrested April 14 after police circulated surveillance footage showing him circling the area of the crime.

DiCamillo’s daughter, Anne Marie Kennedy, testified Wednesday that her mother never returned to her longtime home and remains in chronic pain and on constant medication, calling the woman “a shell of what she used to be.”

“It’s like the life has been sucked out of her,” Kennedy said.

Santiago, who spoke on his own behalf, apologized for the crime but insisted he was innocent.

“It should never have happened,” he said.

“But I am not an animal and I am not the person you’re making me out to be.”


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Sports

2014 Boston Marathon preview: Elite American, International runners…

2014 Boston Marathon: Elite American, International runners to watch

NBA

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams…

2014 NBA Finals odds: Ranking which playoff teams have the best shot at a championship. The Thunder, Clippers, Heat and Rockets lead the way.

NFL

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

2014 Patriots, full NFL schedule release date announced

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.