- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 35 to 80 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his girlfriend and beating her elderly mother a year ago in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Fifty-two-year-old Joseph Marchetti Jr. apologized Tuesday, saying “I can’t say sorry enough,” as he entered guilty pleas to third-degree murder and attempted homicide.

Prosecutors in Luzerne County said he shot 46-year-old Antoinette Wilkinson in their Foster Township home in January 2018 and beat her 72-year-old mother, telling her that her daughter was dead and she was “next.”

The slain victim’s sister tearfully rejected Marchetti’s apology and called him a “worthless coward,” adding “God may forgive you, but we will not.”

Judge William Amesbury said his sentence technically allowed parole but given Marchetti’s age was likely to be a life term.

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