Man sentenced to 20 to 40 years in murder of father beaten with hammer, stabbed to death


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EBENSBURG, Pennsylvania — A western Pennsylvania man convicted of having beaten his father with a hammer and then stabbed him to death a year ago has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat ( ) reports that 33-year-old Jonathan Kuzma was sentenced Tuesday in Cambria County to the maximum penalty for third-degree murder.

Authorities said Kuzma hit 52-year-old John Kuzma with the hammer twice, stabbed him 15 times and took cash, prescription drugs and a handgun in August 2013.

Kuzma tearfully apologized, saying "Drugs pretty much destroyed my life from the time I was 15."

Public defender Michael Filia said Kuzma's actions occurred "very suddenly in a moment of rage."

The judge said finding the crime third- rather than first-degree murder was all the leniency Kuzma was due.

Information from: The Tribune-Democrat,

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