- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A man sentenced to death in the strangulation murder of his 3-year-old niece in northeastern Pennsylvania has been resentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice (https://bit.ly/1oyMy6d ) reports that 46-year-old Michael Bardo agreed Tuesday in Luzerne County Court to waive federal appeals.

Bardo was convicted of first-degree murder and indecent aggravated assault in the September 1992 death of Joelle Donovan.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected his bid for a new trial but deadlocked 3-3 on a court order vacating the death sentence. That upheld the order by the judge, who said defense attorneys didn’t present mitigating evidence at sentencing.

Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino asked the judge to let Bardo die “in the hands of the state, not at the hands of the state.”

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Information from: The Citizens’ Voice, https://www.citizensvoice.com


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