Appeals court upholds Konias' sentence for killing partner in armored truck heist
The Pennsylvania Superior Court upheld the life sentence for Ken Konias, convicted in 2014 of killing his partner in a Garda armored truck in February 2012 and stealing $2.3 million in cash they'd collected from local businesses.
Konias, 26, of Dravosburg left some money in hiding places for his friends and family before fleeing to an existence of strippers and drugs in a Florida flophouse.
He sought to overturn his life sentence for murder and 20 years for robbery because he'd been denied public funding for expert witnesses. He claimed a detective lacked the expertise to say there was no evidence Konias fought with fellow guard Michael Haines inside the armored car; and the verdict of first-degree murder wasn't supported by the evidence.
The Superior Court opinion said Konias gave no proof that neither he nor his family could afford to pay for experts. The court upheld the detective's testimony and ruled that the trial court properly interpreted the orderly interior of the truck, Haines' tucked-in uniform and the gunshot wound to the back of his head as evidence that he hadn't forced Konias to kill him in self-defense.