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February 28, 2014

Altoona man sentenced to prison in 1999 slaying

HUNTINGDON — An Altoona man has been sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison in the slaying of his daughter-in-law a decade and a half ago.

Sixty-six-year-old Kenneth Leighty pleaded guilty in December in Huntington County to third-degree murder in the 1999 slaying of 23-year-old Sherry Leighty.

Her body was found in Warriors Mark Township in May after prosecutors offered the defendant a plea bargain.

The Altoona Mirror reports that defense attorney Thomas Hooper read a statement from Leighty at Thursday’s brief sentencing hearing expressing regret for the pain he caused to relatives.

The victim’s brother and sister told Senior Judge Stewart Kurtz what their sister meant to them and how not knowing what had happened to her for so long had affected them.

 

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