- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of a western Pennsylvania gun shop owner almost two years ago.

The Indiana Gazette (https://bit.ly/1OM0aVJ ) reports that an Indiana County judge immediately sentenced 44-year-old Jack Edmundson Jr. of Saltsburg to life in prison following Monday’s plea.

Prosecutors alleged that Edmundson grabbed a gun from a display case at Frank’s Gun & Taxidermy in Conemaugh Township on the last day of 2013 and killed 62-year-old Frank Petro.

Prosecutors said the victim had discovered that Edmundson had pretended to be an undercover state police investigator and blackmailed him over his involvement in an illegal lottery game.

Edmundson read a statement saying “I am not exactly sure why I did this” and apologizing to Petro’s family and his own relatives.

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Information from: The Indiana Gazette, https://www.indianagazette.com


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