Boyfriend pleas guilty in hatchet death


MERCER, Pa. — A Sharon man is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the 2005 strangling and hatchet death of his girlfriend.

Jeremy Archer, 29, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Feb. 23 by Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Francis J. Fornelli.

Assistant District Attorney Tim Bonner said Archer will be sentenced to life in prison on the murder charge. He also faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison on a guilty plea for a Hermitage robbery that occurred just days after the discovery of Archer’s girlfriend, Kristen Truchan, in his Water Street apartment.

Truchan was killed Oct. 24, 2005, but her body wasn’t discovered   until Archer’s parole officer stopped by the apartment two days later. A coroner’s report given at Archer’s preliminary hearing states Truchan was strangled and suffered injuries from a   hatchet.

Police said Archer told them he and Truchan were arguing when she hit him with the blunt end of a hatchet injuring his nose. He claims he took the hatchet and began hitting Truchan. Police said they saw no injury to Archer’s nose when he was arrested a few days later.

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