10-to-20 year sentence handed down in inmate death

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - August 7, 2012

John Kasianczuk had pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the Oct. 2010 death of 49-year-old Roberto Avalle at the State Correctional Institution in Graterford, Montgomery County.

Kasianczuk's lawyer said at Monday's sentencing hearing his client had been sexually abused as a child and Avalle had threatened to do the same thing to him before the August 22 attack. Avalle died about six weeks later of a brain hemorrhage.

Public defender John Kravitz said the remark trigged an episode of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Kasianczuk was serving a robbery sentence at the time of the killing. Avalle had recently arrived to serve a witness intimidation sentence.

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