Man sentenced to life without parole for June 2016 beating death of 73-year-old

Man sentenced to life without parole for June 2016 beating death of 73-year-old
Brandan Frazier was sentenced to life without parole in the 2016 beating death of a McKees rocks man. (WPXI)

PITTSBURGH — Life without parole and an additional 10 to 21 years in prison: that was the sentence handed down Monday morning in the case of a man convicted of beating a 73-year-old in McKees Rocks to death in June 2016.

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Brandan Frazier, who was 25 at the time of his arrest, was convicted in the killing of Benito Nicoletti.

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Police said Nicoletti’s body was found after his family asked officers to check on him. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Benito Nicoletti was beaten to death in June 2016 in McKees Rocks by Brendan Frazier.
Benito Nicoletti was beaten to death in June 2016 in McKees Rocks by Brendan Frazier. (WPXI)

During Frazier’s trial, jurors were shown pictures of the victim’s wallet, key fob and credit cards found in an alleyway in Stowe Township. Jurors were also shown clothes worn by Frazier that were covered in blood.

The Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office was originally seeking the death penalty in the case, but backed away.

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