Court upholds life sentence in murder of Plumville mother
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.