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Handyman pleads guilty to killing 67-year-old Pennsylvania woman who feared him

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A former handyman has pleaded responsible to third-degree homicide within the dying of a western Pennsylvania girl whose physique was discovered practically a 12 months after she went lacking in 2019. Douglas Berry, 50, of McKeesport, additionally pleaded responsible to housebreaking, theft and receiving stolen property Monday as a part of an settlement with Allegheny County prosecutors who agreed to advocate a sentence of 17 to 40 years in state jail.

Elizabeth Wiesenfeld, 67, was reported lacking to Whitehall police in April 2019. Stays later recognized as hers have been discovered practically a 12 months later in a rubbish bag in a bit of Plum Borough identified for unlawful dumping and off-road car use.

Authorities stated Wiesenfeld had instructed her household she was afraid of Berry, who had been doing work on her home and stored exhibiting up although she had stopped hiring him.

Berry instructed the courtroom that he wished everybody to know “how sorry I’m for the errors I’ve made,” the Tribune-Review reported.

Douglas Berry
Douglas Berry

“I’ve realized to hope for forgiveness,” he stated. “I apologize to the household for not doing extra, and I apologize to Betsy. I am unable to transfer mountains.”

Police stated they linked Berry to the case by means of Wiesenfeld’s stolen ATM card, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

Since her dying, Wiesenfeld’s first grandson has been born and her first granddaughter is ready to reach quickly. Her brother, Christopher Lagi, stated in a sufferer impression assertion that “she died on the verge of an awesome outpouring of affection.”