- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

POTTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A defense attorney is vowing an appeal on behalf of a man sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in the beating death of his roommate two years ago.

The (Pottsville) Republican-Herald (https://bit.ly/207ypdv ) reports that 55-year-old Thomas Petrousky was sentenced Tuesday in Schuylkill County to the mandatory term.

Jurors deliberated for less than two hours in March before convicting Petrousky of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the April 2014 death of 50-year-old David Halaburda near Frackville.

Authorities said the victim was beaten to death with a piece of wood. Chief Public Defender Michael Stine argued that Petrousky wasn’t guilty because he was legally insane at the time of the crime.

Stine said his client had decided to say nothing at sentencing, and an appeal is planned.

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Information from: Pottsville Republican and Herald, https://www.republicanherald.com


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