- The Washington Times - Friday, September 12, 2003

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — The young man who killed a prominent scientist with a sword was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without parole.

Circuit Judge Thomas Horne told 19-year-old Kyle Hulbert that it was impossible to imagine a killing carried out with such brutality.

Hulbert pleaded guilty in March to first-degree murder and conspiracy for his role in the December 2001 slaying of scientist Robert Schwartz, 57, who was found dead in the rural Loudoun County farmhouse where he lived alone. He had been stabbed and slashed more than 30 times with a two-foot sword.

Hulbert told the judge he regretted his actions and accepted responsibility. He also expressed regrets about meeting Clara Schwartz, 20, the scientist’s daughter, who he said manipulated him into carrying out the murder.

Schwartz, a former James Madison University student, was convicted of first-degree murder and received a 48-year prison sentence in February.

Hulbert, of Millersville, Md., also was sentenced to 10 years in prison on the conspiracy charge.

Hulbert admitted conspiring with Miss Schwartz and his friend, Michael Paul Pfohl, 22, to kill Mr. Schwartz. Pfohl pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Mr. Schwartz’s mother told reporters after the sentencing she does not know whether her family will ever have closure. But Mary Schwartz said the life sentence means Hulbert will not have a chance to carry out such a crime on another family.

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