Reading Resident Sentenced to 15-30 Years in Prison for Murder of 17-Year-Old

Juan Ortiz-EncarnacionJuan Ortiz-Encarnacion (Submitted Image)

WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced that Juan Ortiz-Encarnacion (aka Coco), 31, of Reading, PA, pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree murder, conspiracy, and robbery for the shooting death of 17-year-old David Doyle III (AKA Davey Mike) at a Pottstown residence in 2017 during a robbery. He was sentenced to 15-30 years in prison by Judge Bortner.

“The defendant helped facilitate a robbery with others that resulted in the tragic death of a young man,” said Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan”The victim died a hero by actively shielded other children in the house when he was killed. We thank all law enforcement and prosecutors for their persistence in seeking justice for Davey and his family.”

In connection to the guilty plea, the court was informed that on September 24, 2017, North Coventry Police (NCPD) responded to the report of a person shot at a residence on Worth Blvd. in Pottstown. Upon arriving on the scene, police found a 17-year-old victim with a gunshot wound to the stomach. He was transported to Reading Hospital, where he died the next day due to his injuries.

NCPD and the Chester County Detectives (CCD) learned through their investigation that the murder happened during a home-invasion robbery planned by the defendant and three other co-defendants who believed there were drugs and money inside the home. The victim and five other people, including three children under the age of 10 years old, were in the house at the time of the home invasion. The victim struggled with the gun-wielding co-defendant, Ricardo Rivera, in an attempt to protect the other kids. During the struggle, Rivera fired two shots, killing the victim.

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Jonathan Malave, a co-defendant who drove the getaway car, pleaded guilty in Oct. 2021, and was sentenced to 17-34 years in prison. Co-defendant Ricardo Rivera, the shooter, was found guilty of second-degree murder, robbery, and conspiracy after a jury trial in April 2022. He was sentenced to life in prison. The defendant served as “muscle” during the robbery. The final co-defendant worked with police and pled open- she will be sentenced at a later date.

North Coventry Police Department (NCPD) & Chester County Detectives (CCD) investigated. FADA Mike Barry and DDA Emily Provencher were the assigned prosecutors.

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