Man sentenced to 15 to 30 years in grandmother's slaying

Published 01-28-2019

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in the stabbing death of his grandmother last year in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Eighteen-year-old Eric Montanari Jr. entered the plea Monday to count of third-degree murder. Luzerne County prosecutors withdrew counts of aggravated and simple assault.

He was 17 when 66-year-old Sandra Montanari was stabbed to death March 16 in a home in Weston in Black Creek Township. The victim's 43-year-old son was stabbed multiple times in the back but was able to call 911.

Montanari apologized in court to more than a dozen family members present. The judge, calling the slaying "senseless," barred him from contact with family unless they choose to contact him. He was credited with 319 days already served.

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