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Court upholds life sentence in murder of Plumville mother

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Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The state Superior Court has rejected an Indiana man's claim that he deserves another appeal of his life sentence for the 2001 shotgun slaying of a Plumville woman.

Randy Clark Whitacre, 61, was convicted in 2003 of first-degree murder in the death of Theresa Dalessio, 32. He was given a life sentence and an additional 25 to 50 years in prison.

Whitacre was convicted of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and burglary for severely wounding Dalessio's 18-month-old son.

Prosecutors alleged that on Oct. 6, 2001, Whitacre broke into Douglas and Theresa Dalessio's home and fatally shot Theresa Dalessio and her son, Dylan, with a 12-gauge shotgun. Douglas Dalessio heard the intruder. He rolled under the bed during the attack and was not hurt.

At trial, it was disclosed that Whitacre was angry at Douglas Dalessio for selling him a house in 1997 that Whitacre later claimed had a faulty septic system.

In 2005, another Superior Court panel upheld the conviction.

Whitacre is serving his sentence at SCI Benner in Centre County.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or

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