KILLADELPHIA: Why We Can’t Have Nice Things # 2

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INQUIRER: The 28-year-old man shot by police yesterday has a lengthy criminal record that includes two charges of attempted murder and two convictions for illegal gun possession, court records show. Troy Bagby – who also goes by Troy Pressley and Troy Bagby Pressley – was sentenced to county prison twice for gun violations and once for drug dealing, court records show. No gun was recovered from the scene. Police did find drugs that Bagby allegedly ditched while he was being chased. Police said Bagby has been arrested nine times. Court records show that Bagby was arrested in 1997 and charged with two counts of attempted murder and a slew of other offenses. He was found not guilty on one count of attempted murder and the other count was dropped. He was found guilty of carrying a firearm without a license and sentenced to five to 10 months in Philadelphia prison. In June 1999 – under the name Troy Pressley – he was again charged with illegal gun possession and terroristic threats, but the case was dismissed. In 2000, he pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm in public and was ultimately sentenced to two to four years in county prison. In 2003, he pleaded guilty to drug dealing and was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in county prison. He has a pending drug dealing case stemming from an arrest last year. MORE

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Chinesemantippinghat.gifRELATED: A former city health inspector convicted of swiping $1,200 from a North Philadelphia Chinese restaurant during an inspection is being permitted to serve his 11 1/2- to 23-month sentence under house arrest. Judge Ellen Ceisler granted the request after the defense proved that Clarence Morris, 34, was living in the city, her office said yesterday. Morris, who also has been ordered to repay the money stolen from the Erie Express eatery, began serving his work-release sentence Monday. Morris was arrested June 18, 2007, about an hour after he fled the restaurant at Broad Street and Erie Avenue and struggled with restaurant worker Li Min to make his get away in a city Jeep. Ceisler convicted Morris after a non-jury trial.

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