2018-02-15 / Local & State

After 20 Years, Inmate Says He Stabbed To Death Brother

YORK, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania inmate is admitting he killed his brother when they were teens two decades ago, pleading guilty to third-degree murder so that he could be released from prison in about a year.

Zachary Paul Witman told a York County judge last Thursday that he stabbed to death his 13-year-old brother Gregory in the laundry room of their family home in New Freedom in 1998. The 34- year-old inmate was a 15- year- old honor student when he stabbed his brother 65 times in the neck and nearly decapitated him. A jury convicted him in 2003 of first-degree murder, resulting in an automatic life sentence. He now says he snapped because his brother was angry at him for hanging up on his brother’s girlfriend.

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