A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty but mentally ill to multiple crimes after he stole a Dodge Charger and then drove to his family’s home and fatally shot his sister and another man and stabbed his two young nieces, according to authorities.
Around 5:45 a.m. on Feb. 9, 2022, Gregory Greene took the vehicle from one of the victim’s homes and drove it to another residence in Harrisburg, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office.
Officials said one of Greene’s sisters had a protective order against him, which prohibited him from entering her home.
Around 6 a.m., however, Greene broke into the home while everyone was asleep. He then went to his sister Brittonie Meredith’s room on the second floor and shot her in the face.
Greene then headed to his sister Meredith Greene’s bedroom and also shot her. Meredith fled to her mother’s bedroom and closed the door, which authorities noted “likely saved her mother’s life.”
Greene then headed to the third floor, where he fatally shot Tyler Thames.
After the three shooting, Greene headed to his nieces’ bedroom and attempted to shoot his 8-year-old niece, but he failed because his gun was out of ammunition. So, he instead stabbed the girl in the neck and shoulder and then threw her down the stairs. He also stabbed her 6-year-old sister in the neck.
Meanwhile, Brittonie Meredith, who had been shot in the face, was able to run outside and flag down police who happened to be across the street from the home serving a search warrant.
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Officials said officers called for backup and paramedics rushed to the scene. Meredith Greene and Thames were declared dead from gunshot wounds. The children and Brittonie Meredith survived their injuries.
Police saw Greene leave the house through a side door and drive off in the stolen Charger. Multiple law enforcement agencies pursued Greene, who ultimately drove over speed sticks and crashed the vehicle into a bus.
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Greene underwent mental health examinations after his arrest and experts “established that he was mentally ill but not insane at the time of the offenses,” authorities said.
A judge sentenced him to two consecutive life sentences for murder, as well as 21½ to 45 years in prison for the other offenses.
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