- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in the shooting deaths of his mother and her boyfriend last year in the suburban Philadelphia home the three shared.

Twenty-year-old Joshua Trunk was sentenced immediately after jurors convicted him Wednesday of two counts of first-degree murder in the July 31 shooting deaths of 54-year-old Janice Trunk and 44-year-old Kevin Milton Smith in Ambler. His attorney vowed an appeal.

Detectives said the victims were shot “as they lay defenseless, in their bed.” Police said Trunk had been hospitalized recently and allege he was motivated by increasing paranoia, with friends reporting him saying his mother “had to die.”

Defense attorney Benjamin Cooper earlier called the case “guesswork,” citing a lack of DNA evidence and a murder weapon.


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