A 20-Year Sentence for 1982 Chelsea Killing
September 28, 1995
A New Jersey businessman implicated on videotape by a dead accomplice 13 years after a grisly Chelsea murder was sentenced yesterday to a minimum of 20 years in prison.
Although his lawyer said dozens of letters submitted by clergy, police, firefighters and others had asked the court to heed the virtuous life led by William Seals after the slaying, District Attorney Daniel J. Bibb urged the judge to grant Mr. Seals no leniency for the crime he committed when he was a teen-age cocaine addict.
"The defendant should receive no extra credit simply because he chose to live according to society's norms after he and a friend committed a particularly gruesome homicide," Mr. Bibb told Acting State Supreme Court Justice Bernard J. Fried in the courthouse at 111 Centre Street.
Mr. Seals, now 32, was convicted on July 6 of taking part with a boyhood friend, Kenneth Arch, in the robbery and brutal slaying of Richard Greenberg, a 35-year-old lawyer, in his West 15th Street apartment during a spree of drugs and sex in August 1982.