Michael Onley’s Family Reacts to Verdict


(WBRE/WYOU-TV) More than five years after a well-known anti-violence advocate was gunned down in Luzerne County — two men have been found guilty for the crime.  Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has the story,

Just minutes after being convicted of first degree murder Roberto Battle had nothing to say to the family of the man he shot and killed in 2013.           

Najada Pilgrim, the mother of the victim, had a lot to say on the other hand.

“I was shaking then, I’m shaking now. I’m still trying to process it but yes, I feel very, very good…”

            While it has been five years since her son, Michael Onley, or DJ MO, was shot and killed outside of “Outsiders Bar” in Wilkes-Barre Pilgrim says the pain has not gotten any easier.

            This is her second child lost to gun violence.

“This is our second time, my second son that has been gunned down and without my faith in God, our religion, our community, we wouldn’t have gotten through it” She told us.

            In addition to Roberto Battle, David Nealy was also convicted on first-degree murder.

            He was the getaway driver.

 He told us they convicted an innocent man.

 DJ MO’s family says nothing will be able to take his memory away.

            They say his life and work especially when it came to anti-violence meant something to so many people.

 “We are overwhelmed with how much he meant to people. I know how much he meant to me. Ya’ll know him as DJ MO but he’s my baby, my firstborn. He had the nickname of Mike-Mike” said his mom, Najada.

Because of their first-degree murder convictions — both Roberto Battle and David Nealy are expected to spend the rest of their life in prison.

            They will be formally sentenced on January 31st.

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