- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A 40-year-old northeastern Pennsylvania woman is guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of her 73-year-old lover and his 43-year-old son.

Holly Ann Crawford has denied any role in the killings, laying the blame on her co-defendant, 33-year-old James Roche, who faces trial in November.

The Sweet Valley woman testified she was battered and manipulated by Roche, and was present but didn’t participate in the April 2014 deaths of Ronald Evans and his son, Jeffrey Evans, in Hunlock Township.

But Luzerne County prosecutors say Crawford goaded Roche into the shootings after he saw a movie with a character that reminded him of Ronald Evans, with whom Crawford also had a sexual relationship.

The jury deliberated more than 15 hours Tuesday and Wednesday.

Crawford faces mandatory life sentences for each killing.

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