THE ROSEBORO NAME?
Several months ago a comment came into this site that Shawn Roseboro, a first cousin to Mike Roseboro’s family, was complaining about District Attorney Stedman on his Facebook page and stating he needed the help of the media. They suggested I contact him. I did through his Facebook page.
He sent me his cell phone number and we agreed on a time to talk. He said he got a DUI in November of 2008, after Mike Roseboro was arrested for the murder of his wife, Jan. He said the District Attorney personally turned down his ARD request stating that he did not believe Shawn “was a good candidate for ARD.”
Shawn, who is now 26, was extremely open and felt this was in retaliation for his last name being “Roseboro” and his unwillingness to testify during the trial. Roseboro was frank with me on a number of issues. He said he knew Jan was being physically abused by Mike. He said he also knew about Mike’s “side sexual activities.” Roseboro, who was openly gay on his Facebook page (see note below), said he and his partner want to adopt a baby and Jan was the only one in the family who supported them.
Roseboro said his attorney also felt he was being singled out because of his Roseboro connection. I told him I could not write about it until I spoke with his attorney and he advised she is Tamara Hogan of the Lancaster law firm Herr & Low, P.C.
I left two very specific voice mails for Hogan and my calls were never returned. I spoke to Shawn several weeks later and he advised that she told him she “did not want to make it any worse for him” and that it was best to keep quiet until his sentencing.
I said I would not write anything about it but might attend his sentencing scheduled for October 29 after his guilty plea. Roseboro was extremely nervous about the sentencing. He has moved to Tioga County and is studying to be an RN. The DUI on his background could prevent him from attending certain schools and applying for jobs. The Judge could also sentence him for up to six months in jail for the DUI. Roseboro told me he has “turned his life around” and said he was surprised he was still alive after all the narcotics and drinking he had done prior.
His case came up on Friday afternoon in Judge Louis Farina’s courtroom. Hogan told Judge Farina that Roseboro had applied for ARD but it was rejected by the District Attorney’s Office. The Judge asked why it was rejected as it was just into the second tier (his level of alcohol was .101). Hogan said, “We were not given a reason.”
Just prior to his sentencing, Judge Farina said, “I’m surprised the District Attorney did not accept ARD,” and imposed a very similar sentence to those he sentenced with an ARD (except the record will not be expunged): 48 hours in jail, a total of $525 in fines, Drug & Alcohol Counseling and a 12 month license suspension. Hogan told the Judge Roseboro had to be to work on Monday morning and asked that his 48 hours in the Lancaster County Prison begin immediately. The Judge agreed and the sheriff’s deputy handcuffed Roseboro in the front and he was led out the back door of the courtroom. He should be released sometime this afternoon.
I tried to obtain a comment from attorney Hogan after the sentencing was over. I have rarely been treated so rudely. Enough said.
The Lydia Colin-Torres story will come tomorrow.
[Editor’s notes: I can no longer find Shawn Roseboro’s Facebook page. He either blocked me or has taken it completely down. I meant to have friends check but have not had the time.
As an interesting side note to this story, I have it on excellent authority that Shawn Roseboro provided a great deal of information to M. William Phelps, the crime author who is writing a book titled “Love Her to Death” on the Roseboro murder. The book is scheduled to be released in March of 2011, according to Phelps’ website.]