2017-09-07 / Front Page

Woman’s Killer Given Life Without Parole

October sentencing for Needmore accomplice

The man found guilty of murdering a well-known 81-year-old Hancock woman in May 2016 was given a life sentence without the possibility of parole Friday in Washington County, Md. Circuit Court.

Jerry Wayne Smith, 44, of Hagerstown was sentenced by Circuit Judge Viki M. Pauler to spend the remainder of his life in prison for killing Margaret “Peggy” Rose McAllister inside her North Pennsylvania Avenue home the evening of May 19, 2016.

Smith was found guilty of Mc- Callister’s murder in May 2017 and ordered by Judge Pauler to be sentenced at a later date, pending a presentence investigation.

Accomplice and then-girlfriend Crystal Dawn Stanley, 40, who is McAllister’s great niece, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder in April of this year and testified against Smith at his trial. At the time of her great aunt’s murder she was living at 874 Pleasant Grove Rd., Needmore.

Stanley is scheduled to be sentenced in October. She also faces a sentence of life without parole.

A daughter found McAllister’s body May 20, bound with duct tape and her throat slashed, along with stab wounds to her chest and shoulder, 14 wounds in all. Investigators found signs that the home had been searched for valuables, and credit cards and checks were missing.

The pair used McAllister’s credit cards to make purchases and sold jewelry belonging to McAllister as they made their way across the country to Arizona, where they were apprehended May 29, 2016.

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