Saline teen sentenced in Vanderburgh CountyPosted by Jack Howser on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 @ 8:12 pm.
Pharoah Newton, 18, of Harrisburg, was sentenced yesterday to a 60-year department of corrections stint for murdering 79-year-old Frances Wolf in her home last year. His trial went off in early September, lasting four days, during which the defense basically came up with nothing to present, and the state brought in the kid’s juvenile records (from Saline County) to show an “escalating” criminal behavior that they claimed ultimately lead to Wolf’s death at Newton’s hands in October of 2010.
Newton was staying with his father, who rented a basement apartment from Wolf, when he beat and stabbed the elderly woman to death.
There were plenty of people who were ready to hang Newton’s father for the deed instead of the boy, but there was too much evidence against Pharoah: there was a bag of his clothes found dumped on a road near Harrisburg, which ended up having not only his DNA on them but also Wolf’s blood, as well as a knife that was reportedly the murder weapon, as well as a suitcase he was using that had some of Wolf’s checks that he had forged her handwriting and signature on, made out to an altered ID that he was in possession of.
Evidence was also given, in the form of testimony, that Newton’s mom Cassandra Smith had brought along a friend with her to drive Wolf’s minivan over to Union County, Kentucky, after the murder, and “dispose of it,” presumably by setting fire to it, because she “knew he had gotten into some kind of trouble.”
Smith was never charged with anything relating to the incident.
Under Indiana sentencing, Pharoah Newton will likely be out of prison in about 28 years.
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