The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 4, 2014

Montour County DA will speak as prosecutor, victim in Harrisburg

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

— DANVILLE — Rebecca Warren’ father and brother were murdered in 2006 in Luzerne County.

Now the Montour County District Attorney, Warren has more perspective than most people will ever have about the justice system, making her an easy choice as guest speaker at the Pennsylvania Crime Victims Rights Rally on Monday in Harrisburg.

This year’s topic is 30 years of restoring the balance of justice.

“They asked me to be guest speaker because they said I had the unique perspective of being a prosecutor and being part of the criminal justice system,” she said.

Warren’s father, Robert H. Kenvin, and brother, Robert W. Kenvin, were murdered in 2006 in Luzerne County.

When Warren was interviewed as a DA candidate, she said the perpetrator in the murders of her dad and brother wasn’t going to be charged. “I was very angry and frustrated,” she said.

She researched the case, hired her own investigator and “relentlessly visited the DA’s office until finally charges were filed,” she said.

The woman, now deceased, pleaded guilty to the double homicide in Luzerne County and served time in jail.

Warren said that life-changing event “made me very committed to prosecuting crime and securing justice for victims and families.”

“I want to focus on how my unique situation allows me to relate to and provide services to victims,” said Warren, who has been district attorney since 2012.

The guest speaker for the rally is usually the president of the district attorney’s association, she said.

The rally begins at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Rotunda of the Capitol and is expected to last 45 to 60 minutes.

Warren was keynote speaker for the Pennsylvania Sheriffs Association in February in State College. There she spoke on how the sheriff’s office helps the district attorney’s office. She is the first woman to serve as DA in Montour County.

Warren is a graduate of Bloomsburg University and Dickinson School of Law. She owned her own law firm in Danville before being elected DA.

At the time, she had practiced law 20 years and had owned her law practice for eight years.

Montour County Sheriff Ray Gerringer is president of the state sheriffs’ association.

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