2009-10-15 / Local & State

Fed Judge Sets Deadline In Pa. Death Resentencing

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A federal judge says a western Pennsylvania county has 120 days to resentence a man who was wrongly sentenced to consecutive five- to 10-year prison terms for conspiring to kill a western Pennsylvania couple in 1994.

The order means 44-year-old David Robertson could soon be paroled in the shooting deaths of Edward and Karen Povlik in their Connellsville home on New Year’s Eve 1994.

Police say another man shot the Povliks using a gun Robertson supplied after the couple wouldn’t sell the men drugs. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in August found Robertson was wrongly sentenced because the killings resulted from a single conspiracy, not two separate plans.

A federal judge last week ruled that Povlik must be released from prison if he’s not resentenced soon.

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