Court rejects appeal in murder of teen girlfriend's mother

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 13, 2018 2:16 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A Pennsylvania appeals court has upheld the life without parole sentence imposed on a soldier convicted of killing the mother of his then-14-year-old girlfriend because she disapproved of their relationship.

The Superior Court panel rejected the appeal by Caleb Barnes in the murder of 54-year-old Cheryl Silvonek.

Barnes argued that his statements should have been suppressed because he was under duress, but the court said police never tried to intimidate him and he never sought a lawyer or an end to the interrogation.

The panel also found no fault with testimony from Jamie Silvonek and a friend who reported overhearing the girl and Barnes talking about killing her parents a week before the March 2015 murder.
Jamie Silvonek pleaded guilty and is serving 35 years to life.

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