Sentence reduced in attack on pregnant Armstrong County woman
KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) —
A judge has nearly halved the state prison sentence for a Manor Township woman who tried to steal a fetus by knocking her pregnant neighbor unconscious with a baseball bat and cutting her abdomen in 2005.
Armstrong County President Judge Kenneth Valasek on Wednesday reduced 45-year-old Peggy Jo Conner's sentence to 12 1/2 to 31 years in prison. Conner had been serving 22 to 50 years in prison.
Valasek reduced the sentence after agreeing with a defense attorney that Conner was wrongly sentenced under a section of the attempted homicide statute that includes "serious bodily injury." Valasek agreed that was incorrect and resulted in a more severe sentence than necessary.
Conner pleaded guilty in 2007 to the attack against 31-year-old Valerie Oskin on Oct. 13, 2005. Oskin and her unborn baby survived.