2009-06-04 / Local & State

Pa. Trooper Gets Life For Dentist's 2006 Slaying

INDIANA, Pa. (AP) - A state trooper has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the bloody slashing death of his live-in girlfriend's estranged husband in western Pennsylvania.

An Indiana County jury in March convicted 43-year-old Trooper Kevin Foley of first-degree murder in he slaying of Blairsville dentist John Yelenic (YEL'-nik). On Monday, County Judge William Martin imposed the automatic life sentence that the verdict brings.

Foley denied killing Yelenic, but the jury rejected his testimony after six hours of deliberations.

Yelenic was killed April 13, 2006, a day before he was to sign divorce papers from his wife, Michele, who was living with Foley.

The divorce was so acrimonious that Yelenic's attorney tried unsuccessfully to get the divorce decree issued after his death.

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