The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 5, 2013

Westmoreland County woman convicted in disabled woman’s torture

GREENSBURG — The fourth of six people accused in the February 2010 torture-murder of a mentally disabled woman has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 40 to 80 years in prison.

Twenty-three-year-old Amber Meidinger, of Greensburg, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to third-degree murder.

She cooperated with Westmoreland County prosecutors, who determined she was somewhat less culpable for the treatment of 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty who was held captive and tortured over two days before she was choked and fatally stabbed.

The two men who actually killed Daugherty, 27-year-old Ricky Smyrnes, and 24-year-old Melvin Knight, are on death row for first-degree murder. Twenty-one-year-old Angela Marinucci, who was only 17 at the time, is serving a life sentence.

Two other co-defendants are scheduled to plead to third-degree murder later this month.


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