June 3, 2023

Podcast: A decade since shooting death of Michael ‘O Head’ Randolph, questions remain (Part 2)

April 29, 2022 marks 10 years since the death of Allentown rapper Michael Randolph, a.k.a. O Head, who was 23 when a security guard, Andrew Gesslein, shot him in the back as he was retreating from an altercation at a night club. Mr. Randolph was unarmed.

Gesslein was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and was serving a mandatory minimum sentence of five years’ incarceration, until 2015, when a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision regarding mandatory sentences enabled a sympathetic judge to resentence the convicted man, freeing him after he served 31 months for the killing.

The second episode of this two-part podcast revisits Gesslein’s trial and controversial resentencing.

Part 1 is available here.

This podcast was written and produced by Chris Devlin. chris.devlin@nullstudent.northampton.edu

Chris Devlin

Chris Devlin, web editor and staff writer of The Commuter, is a sophomore at NCC.

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