Fmr. Gettysburg student pleads guilty in ex's death

September 24, 2010 5:51:45 AM PDT
A former Gettysburg College student has been sentenced to at least 26 years in prison for stabbing and strangling his ex-girlfriend last year.

Twenty-three-year-old Kevin Schaeffer pleaded guilty to third-degree murder Thursday in a deal with prosecutors in the death of 19-year-old Gettysburg student Emily Silverstein.

Schaeffer killed the Roosevelt, N.J. teen in his off-campus apartment in April 2009. Authorities say they had been in a relationship that ended several weeks earlier.

Defense attorneys had planned to raise a mental health defense. Adams County District Attorney Shawn Wagner says psychological tests and a desire to spare Silverstein's family a trial prompted the plea deal.

The Oley man apologized in court for the pain he caused Silverstein's family and vowed to do good in the slain teen's memory.

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Information from: Gettysburg Times


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