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Hill District man pleads guilty to homicide, other charges for 2011 slaying |

Hill District man pleads guilty to homicide, other charges for 2011 slaying

| Wednesday, November 20, 2013 3:06 p.m

A Hill District man will serve 22½ to 50 years in prison, having pleaded guilty to several charges, including homicide.

Raymond Pendleton, 22, was charged in the Nov. 14, 2011, shooting death of Joseph Boone, 38, of Penn Hills.

In addition to homicide, Pendleton pleaded guilty before Judge Edward Borkowski to charges in two other cases, including one in which he was accused of molesting his 11-year-old niece.

Assistant District Attorneys Rob Schupansky and Phillip Hong-Barco and Arda Ozdinc, a certified legal intern for the DA’s office, handled the prosecution.

“Considering that he was looking at at least a mandatory sentence of 10 to 20 years (on the sex assault charges), plus a potential life sentence (for homicide), we agreed to what we believed to be a reasonable offer,” said Pendleton’s attorney, Veronica Brestensky.

Police said Pendleton, Azsion Upshur, 22, and Anthony Jefferson, 22, both of the Hill District, ambushed Boone inside an apartment building on Bentley Drive in the Hill. A witness told police she saw Boone running from the gunmen when he was shot.

Upshur is serving 10 to 20 years in prison. Jefferson is serving a life term.

Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or

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