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article imageHarsh sentence handed down for Pennsylvania man

By Mike Rossi     Aug 31, 2014 in Crime
Lancaster - Ben Klinger will spend the next 30 to 60 years of his life behind bars following a particularly stiff sentencing from presiding Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller.
Klinger learned of his fate last Friday for the brutal 2012 killing of 17-year-old Samantha "Sammi" Heller.
Prosecuting attorney Christine Wilson explained to the court how on the morning of December 4th, 2012, Klinger intentionally drove his 1986 Toyota Celia towards "a guardrail at an estimated speed of 115 mph" in a deliberate attempt to kill Heller.
Not only did crash investigators find "no evidence of braking" but they believe — due to eyewitness testimony — Klinger pulled a gravely-injured Heller from the car and sat on her chest in an attempt to suffocate her via diaphragm compression.
In reading her decision to Klinger, Judge Miller pulled no punches, stating:
"[There] is no doubt in my mind you lived your life with a callousness, arrogance and a cowardliness, frankly, because being a bully is a coward. You treated [Heller] like an object, and when that object became an inconvenience, the object was removed from your path.”
In addition to the third-degree murder and homicide by vehicle convictions relating to the December 4th incident, Klinger also received three to six years for distributing sexually explicit photos of sex acts with a minor in July 2012 and two to four years for a $30 drug deal involving an undercover police officer in August 2012.
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