2011-03-24 / Local & State

Man Convicted Of Killing Woman, Faces Life

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania man faces an automatic life prison sentence following his conviction last week in the stabbing death of his girlfriend a year and a half ago.

Jurors in Lebanon County deliberated for nearly three hours Thursday before convicting 38-year-old Ruben Rodridguez- Maisonet of first- and third-degree murder as well as aggravated assault.

Authorities said he stabbed Christine Hardenstine at least 40 times in her North Lebanon Township home in September 2009, then tried to kill himself but survived.

Assistant public defender Christine Judd sought a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity, telling jurors that it would not be absolving her client of responsibility but “acknowledging the defendant is sick.’’

One of her sons, Jordan Purcell, told the Lebanon Daily news that he believed justice had been served.

Return to top