Guilty plea, sentence for murder of young Frankford football star

Almost two years after Christopher Spence was killed in a scuffle at Frankford’s now-closed T&T bar, the man accused of killing him is headed to prison.

Tyrese Ford will spend a minimum of 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder.

Spence was shot in February 2011 and died after being transferred from Aria Health-Frankford to Aria Health-Torresdale. A rally was held that week to call for the shut-down of T&T, a known nuisance bar in the neighborhood. Since then, neighbors have made efforts to keep the bar closed and prevent a grocery store from opening in its place.

Ford, then 19, was arrested days after Spence’s murder.

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