A Massachusetts man killed a friend he was staying with and called 911 to report himself.
Now, he will never walk free again.
Last month, a Cumberland County judge in Pennsylvania handed Sean Michael Roberts a life term in prison without the possibility of parole for the stabbing death of Jodi Rae Sivak, 48.
After three hours of deliberation, Roberts was found guilty and convicted of criminal homicide and first-degree murder.
During the morning hours of Oct. 15, 2020, officers responded to the 100 Block of East High Street in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, after receiving a 911 call from the defendant about a homicide. Roberts told the dispatch he had fatally stabbed the friend he was staying with at the time.
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When police arrived, officers found the defendant on the street nearby and located the victim in her Carlisle, Pennsylvania, home. Sivak was found with multiple stab wounds to her neck.
According to prosecutors, the duo were friends on Facebook, where Roberts identified himself as a landscaping business owner. Investigators discovered Sivak had invited the 30-year-old defendant to her home for a week’s visit. Later, Roberts picked up a folding pocket knife, opened it and stabbed the victim several times in her neck, reported Gloucester Daily Times.
The motive behind the killing of the former Home Depot Sales Associate remains unclear.
“Today’s sentence provides the victim’s family and friends with the only measure of justice the law can provide in this horrific case. Accountability for the defendant’s unspeakable acts and assurance that another innocent person will not fall victim to this defendant,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Kimberly Metzger, according to Fox 43.
Sivak was reported to have earned a degree in Biology and was passionate about oceanography, especially the whale population.
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