David Sheppard was sentenced to life for his role in a deadly murder in Overbrook in 1992. He spent nearly 30 years in prison until his sentence was commuted last month by Gov. Tom Wolf.
But before he could leave state prison, he had to deal with the shoplifting charge — also from 1992, where he was accused of stealing jeans from the Springfield Mall.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer, who was sworn in on Monday, said one of his first decisions as district attorney is to end that prosecution of Sheppard.
Sheppard was one of four men convicted of the robbery and murder of pharmacy owner Thomas Brannan in ‘92. His release from state prison was delayed by two days, during which his case captured national headlines and captivated the likes of celebrity-turned-legal novice Kim Kardashian West.
Sheppard is currently living in a halfway house in Philadelphia.
Former Delaware County District Attorney Kat Copeland said her office warned the governor and lieutenant governor about the detainer, adding it had to be dealt with before his release. She said they had weeks to address it, but it was ignored.
Copeland said her decision had nothing to do with shoplifting itself. Rather, she intended to make sure “a murder victim’s family’s voice was heard.”