PITTSBURGH - A man has admitted that he killed a minister who worked nights as an unlicensed taxi driver to make money for his congregation in Africa.
Reuben J. Henry, 20, of Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder in the December 2005 shooting of Mitete Nzubamunu.
Investigators believe that Henry had someone else call for the jitney, then shot Nzubamunu after demanding money.
Nzubamunu, 51, came to Pittsburgh in 1999 from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and preached at the Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ.
"You have not known who you've killed. You killed a man of God, a messenger of God," Makesi Papy, a friend who translated for the pastor, told Henry in court yesterday.
Nzubamunu had nine children and ran 15 churches in the Congo.
His eldest daughter died this year, and several friends and congregants said her death was related to grief over the loss of her father.
Henry was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison for the homicide.
He was given concurrent sentences for other robberies and an attack on a co-defendant for which he also pleaded guilty.
Henry expressed remorse for the killing.
He told police that he intended only to rob Nzubamunu. *