Man convicted of 2013 slaying sentenced to life in prison

May 24, 2019

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man convicted in a slaying six years ago has been sentenced to life in prison.

Washington County District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone formally announced the sentencing Thursday. A jury had decided in March against imposing the death penalty on 24-year-old Brandon Wolowski.

The sentence includes no possibility of parole.

Wolowski was convicted of first-degree murder in the January 2013 killing of 37-year-old Matthew Mathias during what authorities said was an attempt to steal a gun collection from the victim’s house.

Prosecutors had argued that execution was warranted because a 45-year-old woman was wounded and the slaying occurred during commission of a felony. The defense cited Wolowski’s difficult upbringing.

Defense attorney Noah Geary has said he plans to appeal.


This story has been corrected to show Washington County’s district attorney is Eugene A. Vittone, not Wittone.


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