An East Germantown man pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to 20 to 45 years in prison for killing a New York City man during a shooting last year in South Philadelphia outside the tour bus of rapper French Montana.
Frank C. Briggs, 21, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, aggravated assault, and a weapons charge in the Feb. 28, 2013, shootings that killed Jowann King, 26, and wounded a 28-year-old man, also from New York City.
Assistant District Attorney Kirk Handrich said Briggs did not make a statement before he was sentenced by Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Glenn B. Bronson to a term that was part of a plea agreement.
After a sold-out show at the Theater of Living Arts, Montana's tour bus was parked near the Holiday Inn Express on Columbus Boulevard surrounded by hundreds of friends and fans. Police said a car with tinted windows drove up around midnight and shots were fired from the passenger window into the crowd. Handrich said investigators still do not know of a motive for the shooting but do not believe it involved Montana or his entourage. - Joseph A. Slobodzian