Westmoreland Co. Teen Who Was 14 When He Killed Mom, Brother Pleads Guilty But Mentally Ill

Westmoreland Co. Teen Who Was 14 When He Killed Mom, Brother Pleads Guilty But Mentally Ill

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.


The Tribune Review reports that now-18-year-old Jacob Remaley apologized Tuesday in Westmoreland County Court as he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the charges, saying “I know I am guilty.”


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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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Prosecutors said Remaley shot and killed 46-year-old Dana Remaley and her 8-year-old son Caleb in their New Stanton home in November 2016. The defense says Remaley has multiple personality disorder and one violent personality he called “Wrath” told him to commit the murders.


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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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