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Second sister sent to prison for fatal Fayette beating

| Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, 10:42 p.m.
Jenna Boyd

There may be a time when Julie Grubb will be able to forgive a Fayette County woman who took part in a 2013 robbery that led to the death of Grubb's mother.

But not yet.

“I can say without hesitation that I hate you,” Grubb told Jenna Shay Boyd, 27.

“You robbed my mom of her independence, her dignity and her pride,” Grubb said through tears from the witness stand.

Boyd was sentenced on Wednesday to one to five years by President Judge John Wagner.

Her sister is serving a sentence in a state prison in connection with the robbery of Mary Margaret Yourchik, 82, on March 22, 2013.

Yourchik suffered a broken hip in the attack and later died. Prosecutors decided not to pursue homicide charges against the sisters after reviewing Yourchik's medical records.

Boyd and her sister, Brittany Joyce Boyd, 25, pleaded guilty this year to assault and child endangerment charges. Brittany Boyd pleaded guilty to an additional robbery count and is serving a nine- to 20-year sentence at the State Correctional Institution at Muncy in Lycoming County.

During a plea hearing in May, Brittany Boyd admitted taking Yourchik's purse in the parking lot of the South Union Wal-Mart, but said her sister was unaware of her plans to do so.

Brittany Boyd testified that Yourchik chased her and fell, and the sisters took off in a car, which also carried three children.

Jenna Boyd testified in May that she had no knowledge of her sister's plans. She acknowledged that the pair circled the lot in their car for eight minutes before the purse snatching, but claimed they were looking for their drug dealer.

Jenna Boyd had been free on bond. She kissed a man who attended the hearing with her before being taken away in handcuffs. Wagner ordered that she have no contact with the victim's family and that she pay about $1,500 in restitution.

She declined to comment before sentencing, but defense attorney Bernadette Tummons told Wagner that Boyd apologized to Yourchik's family.

“She recognizes the hurt that family has suffered on the account of her involvement with this,” Tummons said.

Grubb testified that she accepts the apology.

“I hope that you get the help that you need, and I never want to hear your name or see your face again,” Grubb said.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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