"WEST CHESTER >> Before sentencing the man convicted of firing gunshots at two Coatesville police officers to a prison term that could keep him behind bars well into his old age, a Common Pleas Court judge on Thursday bemoaned how the defendant had smeared the city as well as threatened the lives of the officers.
'You have repeatedly let down the community,' Judge Patrick Carmody told Andre Emmet “Needles” Fiorentino as a standing-room courtroom filled with city police officers and members of the Chester County District Attorney’s Office sat and listened. “You have been in and out of jail like it’s a revolving door.”
'I have a great respect for the citizens of Coatesville,' Carmody said in his 15-minute long lecture to Fiorentino. 'I think it gets a bad rap … because of the actions of a few.' He said that evidence showed Fiorentino chose to leave his home and his family the night of the shooting and “put the people who live and work in that city in danger.”
To this day a few people regularly come to Coatesville City Council meetings in support of Andre Fiorentino and demand that Detective Thompson be fired. They are a very small group. They now seem to be linking the recent shootings across the nation and predicting violence in Coatesville.