News

Pennsylvania death row inmate convicted of killing 4 dies

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 6, 2017 2:31 AM
prison_sun.jpg

(Washington) -- A death row inmate who was convicted of killing a police officer and three other people in an eight-day span in Pennsylvania has died of natural causes.

The state Department of Corrections says 59-year-old Michael Travaglia died Monday at a Washington County hospital.

Travaglia and John Lesko were both sentenced to death in the January 3, 1980 killing of Apollo police officer Leonard Miller in Armstrong County.

Authorities say the duo killed three other people during their so-called "kill for thrill" eight-day spree.

Travaglia was being held at a prison in Greene County. Lesko remains on death row.

The commonwealth has not conducted an execution since 1999.

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf issued a moratorium on capital punishment in Pennsylvania in January 2015.

Published in News

Tagged under , , , , , , , ,

back to top

Give Now

Estate Planning

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Smart Talk

National Edward R. Murrow Awards

DuPont Columbia Awards

Support Local Journalism

Latest News from NPR

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »