For the Commonwealth: Assistant District Attorney Margueritta Matar
For the Commonwealth highlights the important work our prosecutors are doing to help secure justice in specific cases brought by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.
Assistant District Attorney Margueritta Matar of our Major Trials Unit helped secure justice in a case involving a defendant on state parole who was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a permit, and carrying a concealed weapon in public. The firearm was allegedly stolen from a gun show two years prior to its recovery in 2019. Prior to proceeding to trial — her first involving an ineligible person in possession — ADA Matar exercised prosecutorial discretion by moving to nolle prosse the Receiving Stolen Property (RSP) charge without prejudice. Since the firearm was recovered nearly two years after it was reported stolen, ADA Matar did not believe she would be able to prove the RSP charge beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant was found guilty of all three firearm possession charges after a waiver trial before the Hon. Donna M. Woelpper, and is scheduled for sentencing in January 2021.