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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.

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

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, http://www.observer-reporter.com

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