Judge Rae B. Boylan did not uphold the Commonwealth’s request for the death penalty in the 2014 double murder case. Eric Lamar Dillad Jr, 28, will serve two consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole for the drug-related home robbery in Bristol Township.
Dillard has been convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Tyrone Moss, 31, and Joshua Johnson, 29, and an attempted murder of a third victim, Lamel Duffy, 27, who was shot twice but survived.
Deputy District Attorney Antonetta Stancu said the victims’ families are pleased with the sentence and that Dillard will no longer be a harm to the community. Boylan also added a 20- to 40-year sentence for the attempted murder of Duffy.
On July 7, 2014, Dillard entered the home of Joshua Johnson with Anthony King Jr., and Demetrius Baker. The trio planned to steal marijuana and $30,000 cash from the Bristol residence.
Baker testified during the trial that King entered Johnson’s house first around midnight to check how many people were inside. After King’s signal, the two others burst through the door with their faces concealed, while Dillard threatened them with a semiautomatic handgun.
Johnson, Moss, and Duffy were forced to lie on the floor, while the men put zip ties and power cords around their hands. Baker claimed he was waiting in the getaway car when he heard gunshots from inside.
The Bristol Township Police Department and the Bucks County Detectives helped in the investigation and found that King, not Dillard, executed Moss and Johnson with single shots to the skull. Dillard shot Duffy, the victim that got away, in the back with a revolver taken from Johnson.
Several weeks later, King was shot and killed in an unrelated event in Philadelphia. Baker is currently awaiting trial on the case.
After taking the weekend to determine, Judge Boylan declared that Dillard’s mitigating circumstances, like his age and his “chaotic childhood,” were outweighed by the aggravating factors.