Man Gets 20 Years In Plea Deal After Murdering Mom, Taking Selfies With Her Body
A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for murdering his mother and taking selfies with her body — as his family slammed the plea deal he was offered.
David Sumney, 33, was accused of torturing his 67-year-old mom, Margaret, and murdering her in the bathroom of her South Lafayette home in August 2019, the Daily Beast reported.
The son from hell documented his crime by snapping 277 photos, including multiple selfies that featured blood smeared on his face and the woman’s body.
In August, Sumney managed to secure a plea deal that dismissed charges of first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse — copping only to a single count of third-degree murder, according to the outlet.
He has been locked up since 2019, so he could be released in as little as 17 years.
During a hearing at Allegheny County Court on Thursday, Sumney made a groveling apology for his heinous crime, which left his mom with fractured ribs, a spinal fracture, contusions on her body and lacerations on her face.
“I cannot believe I would let myself get in such a state where I could do something so bad, so horrible,” he sniveled in front of the judge and his family.
“I cannot believe what I did, that I killed my own mother. I cannot stop thinking about it. I think about it every day. I’m sorry, but sorry doesn’t cut it. I handled things as badly as a person could have,” he said.
“To my family, to my sisters, and my aunts, I know it’s impossible to forgive me. I don’t forgive myself. I just want to let them know I am truly sorry,” Sumney added.
Defense attorney Chris Patterini asked the judge to impose a sentence of seven years in the slammer, saying his client “expressed remorse” and blaming his actions on drug and alcohol use.
Sumney’s half-sister Ellen addressed the killer in court via Zoom.
“You broke her back. You paralyzed our mother. And then you just beat her and beat her. The blood was splattered along the walls,” she said, according to the Daily Beast.
“But I think the sickest part is the pictures. The 277 pictures. You only take pictures if you want to go back and see what you did,” she continued.
“David, she gave you everything she had, and when she didn’t have anything else to give, you killed her. I had no idea you were this kind of monster,” Ellen added. “And I’m still upset you were not prosecuted to the fullest. This was first-degree murder.”
If convicted of the original charges, Sumney would have faced life in prison.
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