Accused convicted of attempted murder of Church’s Chicken employee

PHILADELPHIA (September 19, 2022) — Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner today announced that Roland Graham (02/03/1946) was found guilty by a jury of Attempted Murder (F1), Aggravated Assault (F1), VUFA 6106 (F3), VUFA 6108 (M1)and Possession of an instrumentality of crime (M1)for the non-fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Church Chicken employed in North Philadelphia in 2016. Graham has an extensive criminal history spanning over four decades, which includes violent offenses in multiple states.

The incident began on the evening of March 6, 2016, when the then 70-year-old defendant, who was consuming food inside a church chicken filled with patrons, including children, located on the 3600 block of North Broad Street, confronted an employee (the victim’s brother) after he allegedly sprayed cleaning solution near where Graham was eating. As the verbal altercation began to escalate into a physical conflict, the victim, also an employee of Church’s Chicken, entered the dining room from behind the food counter and managed to restrain his brother before a fight broke out . The defendant left the restaurant but returned with a firearm and fired six shots at the complainant, seriously injuring him. The victim was then transported by Philadelphia police to temple hospital in critical condition and has since undergone several surgeries, including the removal of part of an intestine.

“I want to thank Assistant District Attorney Lauren Crump DAOs Homicide and Non-fatal Shooting Unit for bringing this matter to a successful conclusion,” DA Krasner said. “His skillful prosecution helped secure justice for this victim and for the communities of Philadelphia by removing a clearly dangerous individual from the streets.”

Graham’s path to justice and accountability has been significantly delayed due to the long closure of Philadelphia’s court system by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the defendant’s refusal to submit to COVID-19 testing in order to to attend court hearings. He was eventually tried in front of a jury in absentia. The accused was sentenced to 23½ to 47 years of state imprisonment by the Hon. Glenn B. Bronson September 6.

CONTACT:Dustin Slaughter, 215-686-8713, [email protected]

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