GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to two concurrent prison terms of 30 years to life in the slayings of his mother and younger brother more than three years ago when he was 14 years old.
It was early Wednesday morning Nov. 30 when Jacob Remaley grabbed an unloaded gun on top of the refrigerator inside his New Stanton home, loaded the weapon, walked into his mother’s room and shot the 46-year-old in the forehead.
He then walked to his 8-year-old brother’s room and fired a second fatal shot.
Remaley then called 911 claiming his father had killed his mother and brother. He later admitted he did it with his father’s gun adding he would have killed his father too if he had not already left for work.
Now 18 years old, Remaley apologized Tuesday in Westmoreland County Court as he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the charges, saying “I know I am guilty.”
Public defender Wayne McGrew had said in October that Remaley would enter the plea after his 18th birthday since it would be easier to place him in a psychiatric institution as an adult.
If at some point psychiatric treatment is deemed no longer needed, the rest of his term will be served in a standard prison environment, he said.
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The defense says Remaley has multiple personality disorder and one violent personality he called “Wrath” told him to commit the murders. Doctors say his other personalities include one of a witch, an old man and a young girl.
Because he has been credited with time served, Remaley will be eligible for parole before his 45th birthday. Judge Christopher Feliciani said the defendant’s future is now up to him.
“I am sure this is a sad day for you and your family but you have taken responsibility for your actions,” Feliciani said. “Take advantage of all the programs offered so when the day comes you are eligible for parole, you may be paroled.”
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