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Anthony J. SANTOS





Classification: Homicide
Characteristics: Argument
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: March 10, 2006
Date of birth: 1962
Victim profile: Craig Powell, 36
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Northampson County, Pennsylvania, USA
Status: Sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison on June 15, 2007

Bethlehem stabber gets 20-40 years

June 15, 2007

A 45-year-old Bethlehem man who was convicted of stabbing another man to death inside a Bethlehem apartment last year was sentenced today to 20 to 40 years in prison.

The court-appointed attorney for Anthony J. Santos, Mark Refowich, said he intends to file a motion seeking a new trial, claiming Santos' former lawyers were ineffective. Santos fired Robert Patterson and Matthew Potts after the jury found him guilty of third-degree murder in February.

Relatives of the 36-year-old victim, Craig Powell, spoke in court in March when Santos originally was scheduled to be sentenced. The proceeding was postponed so he could have drug and alcohol, psychological and psychiatric evaluations.

Prosecutors said Powell and Santos argued on and off all day March 9, 2006, starting when Powell refused to loan Santos $5 for cigarettes. The spat escalated into a fight that took place in the kitchen of the Sheets Street apartment just after midnight March 10, 2006.

During the fight Santos stabbed Powell in the chest with a three-inch folding knife, puncturing an artery and piercing one of his lungs. Powell bled to death at a hospital several hours later.


A Northampton County deputy escorts Anthony J. Santos to his sentencing



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