The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 7, 2012

Man gets life for killings of wife, girls


Associated Press

INDIANA — An Indiana County man sobbed as he pleaded guilty to murdering his estranged wife and two young daughters, after which he was immediately sentenced to three consecutive life prison terms.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that 41-year-old Lewis Beatty of South Mahoning Township was crying as he told an Indiana County judge Friday, “This should’ve never happened. I’m very, very remorseful and I’m sorry.”

District Attorney Patrick Dougherty previously had said he would pursue the death penalty in the June 1 killings, then surprisingly announced earlier this week that Beatty would plead guilty.

Beatty also had been charged with arson and animal cruelty for allegedly burning his home, where his daughters were killed, and his estranged wife’s residence in East Mahoning Township after fatally shooting the family’s pet pony, goat and dog.

Beatty choked and slashed the throats of 33-year-old Christine Beatty and their girls, 6-year-old Sara and 11-year-old Amanda, authorities said.

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