“Son of Hell,” who brutally murdered his mother and took selfies with her blood on her face, gets generous pleas

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A Pennsylvania man has accepted a generous plea deal that could allow him to get out of prison in just 17 years, despite brutally murdering his mother and taking photos of the crime.

Thursday afternoon, Allegheny County Judge Edward Borkowski sentenced 33-year-old David Sumney to a minimum of 20 years and a maximum of 40 years for the 2019 murder of his mother Margaret Sumney, 67, in South Fayette, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh.

The details of the crime are truly heinous. Sumney was accused of torturing his mother to death and leaving her in a bathroom. Sumney’s half-sister, only identified as ellenShe practically declared at the hearing: “You broke her back. They paralyzed our mother. And then you just hit them and hit them.

Ellen’s testimony echoed the findings of the Allegheny County coroner, who found that Margaret had suffered multiple fractured ribs and a fractured spine that would have left her paralyzed from the waist down had she survived the attack. She also had multiple cuts and bruises on her face and body.

In addition to the beating, Sumney reportedly took nearly 300 photos of the gruesome murder, including selfies with Margaret’s body and selfies with her blood on his face.

“I think the craziest thing is the pictures,” Ellen added. “The 277 pictures. They only take photos if you want to go back and see what you did.”

Yaron Steinbuch of the New York Post aptly described Sumney as “the son of hell.”

Despite the gruesome details, Sumney accepted a plea deal that allowed the worst charges against him — first-degree murder and molesting a corpse — to be dropped. Instead, Sumney pleaded guilty to third-degree murder.

“I can’t believe I would put myself in such a state where I could do something so bad, so horrible,” Sumney said in court Thursday, apparently crying.

“I can’t believe what I did, I killed my own mother. I can’t stop thinking about it. I think about it every day. I’m sorry but sorry is not enough. I handled things as badly as a human could have done,” he added.

“To my family, my sisters and my aunts, I know that I am impossible to forgive. I don’t forgive myself. I just want to let them know that I’m really sorry.”

While his attorney, Chris Patterini, advised the judge to sentence Sumney to seven years for “expressing remorse,” Borkowski stuck to a minimum sentence of 20 years. The family wanted Borkowski to turn down the plea deal, forcing Sumney to go to court.

Since Sumney has been jailed since his arrest in 2019, the 20-year minimum sentence, which includes time served, means he could be released in 17 years when he will be 51.

Ellen and many other family members are outraged by this possibility.

Mary Ellen, Margaret’s older sister, called Sumney “less than a piece of trash” who deserved the death penalty.

Ann Shade, another of Margaret’s sisters, asked the court “not to give him a second chance”.

In fact, Sumney seems to have already been given a second chance and a third chance. Sumney had previously been charged with assaulting his mother in 2014 and again in 2016. He was also charged in 2015 with assaulting his late father. In any case, Sumney avoided a lengthy prison sentence because of his mother, according to the Daily Mail, asking the courts for leniency.

In September, Judge Borkowski met with various members of Margaret’s family for about 15 minutes. During that meeting, the judge told them, “Cases are regularly resolved against the wishes of family members … and sometimes even victims.”

Although Ellen and other family members believe that the criminal justice system failed her and justice has not been served in this case, there is a chance Sumney could get extra time behind bars. Sumney’s ex-girlfriend accused him of torturing her for three days in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 2019. Although there hasn’t even been a preliminary hearing in this case, Sumney could face an additional prison sentence if he’s ever convicted of the crime.

The unidentified woman explained that while she wished he had been prosecuted for first-degree murder in his mother’s death, she was “happy” with the conviction. “It made me breathe a lot,” she said.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/son-from-hell-who-brutally-murdered-his-mother-and-took-selfies-with-her-blood-on-his-face-given-generous-plea-deal “Son of Hell,” who brutally murdered his mother and took selfies with her blood on her face, gets generous pleas

Laura Coffey

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