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Man already behind bars charged in 2012 homicide in Reading

Published On: May 16 2014 01:11:52 PM EDT   Updated On: May 16 2014 11:20:43 PM EDT

Charges filed in cold case homicide


A man already serving time in state prison has been identified as the suspect in the killing of another man in Reading.

Michael Lee Paris is facing charges of first and third degree murder in the deadly shooting of Steven Crespo, based on an indictment handed up by an investigating grand jury, authorities announced Friday.

The Florida man, a former Reading resident, was gunned down in the 300 block of West Douglass Street on Oct. 19, 2012, in an apparent case of mistaken identity.


According to court documents:

A woman upset about her apartment being burglarized contacted Paris and told him she wanted him to do something about it. Paris allegedly told her he "was going to take care of it."

Later in the day, police said the woman drove Crespo and the would-be victim who she suspected of burglarizing her apartment to the intersection of Schuylkill Avenue and West Douglass Street, with Paris following her to the location.


Crespo got out of the car, and within a minute, the woman told police she heard gunshots.

The woman left the scene and later told Paris that he got the wrong guy, said police, who added that Paris's response was, "It just got out of hand and he's dead."

Paris, 26, is currently serving time at Graterford Prison in Montgomery County on unrelated charges in Berks County.

In addition to the murder charges in Crespo's death, Paris is charged with criminal homicide, conspiracy, possession of a prohibited firearm, and firearms not to be carried without a license.

A second person is still being sought in the homicide, said Berks County District Attorney John Adams.