Pa. judge upholds state lawmaker killer’s life sentence
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who was convicted of beating a state lawmaker to death as a teen will remain in prison for the rest of his life.
The Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday a judge has resentenced 47-year-old Bernard Williams to life in prison for the death of state Rep. William Telek.
Williams was 17 when he beat Telek with a hammer in the state Capitol’s underground parking garage in 1988, robbed him and stole his car.
His case was being revisited due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling barring mandatory life terms for juvenile offenders.
Prosecutors said during the resentencing hearing that a forensic psychiatrist has determined Williams is “permanently incorrigible.”
Williams issued an apology at the hearing, saying his heart goes out to the Telek family.