EASTON, Pennsylvania — EASTON, Pennsylvania — A man has been convicted of first-degree murder in eastern Pennsylvania in the stabbing death of a friend who was dating his ex-girlfriend.
Jurors in Northampton County deliberated for about 3½ hours Tuesday before convicting 25-year-old Andrew Hess of Nazareth in the July 2014 death of 36-year-old Richard Parker.
Judge Michael Koury Jr. denied a defense request to delay sentencing and immediately imposed the mandatory life term without possibility of parole.
Hess said he acted in self-defense. He testified that he went to see the victim to hash things out, not to kill, but a struggle began and he was choked until he feared he would pass out. Prosecutors called the case a premeditated murder.
Defense attorney Thomas Joachim said he and his client were disappointed by the verdict.