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Philly Hit Man Admits He Whacked Six People for Drug Trafficker — ‘He’s an Obvious Menace,’ FBI Agent Says

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Source: Philadelphia Police Department; UNSPLASH

May 20 2023, Published 11:39 a.m. ET

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A Philadelphia hit man who was convicted of committing six murders and one attempted murder was ordered to serve five consecutive life sentences, federal prosecutors announced.

Ernest Pressley, 43, was sentenced on May 16 in connection with the killings that occurred between 2016 and 2018.

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According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Pressley pleaded guilty to the murders last September.

Four years earlier, in September 2018, Pressley killed a victim in a Philadelphia apartment complex parking lot.

He also admitted to murdering a tow truck driver at the beginning of 2017 who was to testify in an assault case.


He then picked at random a second tow truck driver from a rival trucking company and killed the victim to make it appear as if the slaying was the result of a feud.

Pressley admitted four of the killings were the result of murder-for-hire schemes at the behest of a drug trafficker.

“By his own admission, Ernest Pressley is an incredibly dangerous individual with no qualms about accepting money to calculatedly and cold-bloodedly murder anyone,” U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Romero said of the defendant and his “heinous crimes.”

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division Jacqueline Maguire added of Pressley, “He’s an obvious menace with zero respect for human life and the city is unequivocally safer with him behind bars.”


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