HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — An appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence imposed on a central Pennsylvania man convicted of beating another man to death with a hammer more than two years ago.
Fifty-seven-year-old Jonathan Cornish of Harrisburg was convicted of first-degree murder in Dauphin County in the February 2013 slaying of 50-year-old Jose Vazquez.
Police said Cornish beat Vazquez, a friend of his, to death and then struck the victim's brother with the hammer. Cornish testified that he merely found the victim and struck his brother in self-defense.
PennLive.com (http://bit.ly/1C2VfMt ) reports that the Superior Court ruled Monday that prosecutors were justified in showing jurors photos of the victim. The panel also agreed that prosecutors hadn't improperly rejected a black juror who had a prior criminal conviction.
Information from: Pennlive.com, http://www.pennlive.com