Lancaster County woman sentenced to life in prison for murdering estranged husband on Valentine’s Day

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — A Lancaster County woman has been sentenced to a mandatory life sentence with no possibility of parole for the fatal shooting of her estranged husband on Valentine’s Day 2021.

Danielle Bewley was convicted in December 2022 of luring Mitchell Bewley to a PNC bank in Strasbourg and shooting him five times.

“The decisions you have made have left nothing but loss, heartache and despair,” Lancaster County Judge Merrill Spahn said during the sentencing hearing.

According to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, the evidence and testimonies presented during the trial included the following:

  • PNC Bank witnesses heard a gunshot and then a rapid succession of gunfire.
  • The Lancaster County coroner who performed the victim’s autopsy testified that all five shots could have been fatal to the victim.
  • Testimony from the defendant’s friend and ring camera video evidence showed that the defendant went to the friend’s house to collect her firearm. Wilson also argued that the defendants’ claim that she was scared was inaccurate, as she never stopped at a police station or stayed with her friend instead of meeting with the victim.
  • Testimony that the defendant previously threatened to kill the victim.
  • Evidence of a FaceTime conversation between the defendant and her friend, with the defendant pointing a gun just before the shooting.
  • Evidence of several calls the defendant made to friends and family saying she shot the victim, including saying that “he got what he deserved”.

Prosecutors say the victim’s father forgave her during the trial.

Assistant District Attorney Jessica Collo supported the prosecution. Strasburg Borough Police Officer Bradley Klunk and Lancaster County Detective Larry Martin filed charges, testified and attended the entire trial. Lancaster County woman sentenced to life in prison for murdering estranged husband on Valentine’s Day

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