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$10k reward offered in former York Mayor Melvin Roberts murder case


Police in York announced a $10,000 reward in the murder case of former York Mayor Melvin Roberts, Friday.

Roberts was murdered in February of 2010 at his home.

Back in September, Roberts' long-time girlfriend, Julia Phillips was sentenced to life in prison for her role in the murder although officials say she was not the actual killer.

Family of Melvin Roberts say even after 4 years it's still hard to deal with the death of their father, but they hope the new $10,000 reward will help catch the murderer and bring some form of closure.

"It's incredibly difficult especially not knowing whether it's someone who we know or don't know," said Melvin Roberts' son, Ronnie Roberts.

Ronnie Roberts choked back tears while announcing the $10,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest in the murder case of his father.

He admits it's been a very tough road to deal with his father's death, a man that he says mostly everybody loved.

"It's very difficult trying to lead a normal life, trying to help and rack our brains to determine is there anything we can think of to help the police," said Roberts.

In February 2010, investigators said Roberts was found on his property. He'd been hit in the head and strangled.

Roberts' long-time girlfriend Julia Phillips was arrested and convicted in connection with the crime, but detectives say she didn't work alone.

The case has gained national attention and will be featured on a new Investigation Discovery TV series called "Southern Fried Homicide".

Roberts believes between the reward money and the TV show, someone will come forward and help ease this family's pain.

"I don't care where the culprits are, we're going to find them. So hopefully someone will come forward and help," said Roberts.

Roberts says one of his dad's favorite sayings was "Keep the faith, baby." He says that's exactly what his family will do.

York Police ask anyone with any information in this case to call Crime Stoppers of York County at 1-877-409-4321.

You may be eligible for the ten-thousand dollar reward.

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