The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Breaking News

Latest News

July 3, 2014

Man no longer facing execution in 1982 Pa. slaying

LEBANON — A judge has tossed out the death sentence imposed on a man convicted in the murder of a south-central Pennsylvania woman more than three decades ago.

Lebanon County President Judge John Tylwalk on Wednesday commuted 56-year-old Freeman May’s sentence and imposed a life prison term without possibility of parole.

May was convicted of the 1982 stabbing death of 22-year-old Kathy Lynn Fair, whose remains were found six years later in woods in Lebanon County.

The judge ruled in April that May was incompetent after a forensic psychologist testified that he suffered from a delusional disorder.

District Attorney David Arnold called it “frustrating” that May hadn’t been executed earlier. But he told the Lebanon Daily News that the life term was appropriate now because mentally incompetent defendants can’t be executed.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
Poll

What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

     View Results
Order Photos


Photo Slideshow

House Ads