Reading Man Pleads Guilty for Role in Murder of 17-Year-Old in Pottstown

Jonathan MalaveJonathan Malave (Image via Chester County District Attorney's Office)

WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County District Attorney Office’s office announced that Jonathan Malave, 36, of Reading, PA, pled guilty to third-degree murder, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery for his role in the 2017 murder of 17-year-old David Doyle III in Pottstown. The defendant drove the car carrying two of three co-defendants after the murder. Judge David Bortner sentenced him to 17 to 34 years in prison.

DA Deb Ryan said, “Jonathan Malave helped orchestrate the robbery of drugs and money and drove the get-away car after the murder of a 17-year-old. This is a senseless tragedy that impacts the lives of so many people. While this sentence doesn’t change the fact that a child was killed, hopefully, it brings justice to the victim’s family.”

On September 24, 2017, North Coventry Police responded to the report of a person shot at a residence on Worth Blvd. in Pottstown. When police arrived, they found a 17-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the stomach. The victim was transported to Reading Hospital, where he died the next day.

North Coventry Police and Chester County Detectives learned that the murder happened during a home-invasion robbery that the defendant and three co-defendants planned, believing drugs and money were inside the apartment. The defendant’s role was to drive the get-away car.

The co-defendants are awaiting trial.

The North Coventry Police Department and Chester County Detectives investigated. Senior Deputy District Attorney Carlos Barraza and Deputy District Attorney Emily Provencher were the prosecutors.

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