- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison in a retrial in the slaying of a waitress during a tavern robbery nearly three decades ago.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard (https://bit.ly/2lL7fPI ) reports that a Fayette County jury took less than an hour to convict 55-year-old Mark Breakiron of first-degree murder in the March 1987 stabbing death of 24-year-old Saundra Martin.

Prosecutors alleged that Breakiron killed the Smithfield woman before stealing her purse and bags of money from Shenanigan’s Lounge in German Township.

Defense attorney Samuel Davis sought a third-degree murder conviction, arguing that prosecutors hadn’t provided evidence that Breakiron went to the tavern intending to kill and rob.

A federal judge in 2011 overturned an earlier conviction and death sentence, citing tainted testimony from another inmate.


Information from: Herald-Standard, https://www.heraldstandard.com/

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