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Trio accused of strangling friend suffering overdose with jumper cables sentenced

November 27, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Trio accused of strangling friend suffering overdose with jumper cables sentenced

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Trio sentenced for third-degree murder in friend’s bizarre death

Three people who entered guilty pleas in Pennsylvania in the bizarre killing of their overdosing friend by strangling him with jumper cables were subsequently handed prison terms last Wednesday.

In August, Preston Layfield, Tyler Mirabelli, and Amanda Wayda pleaded guilty to third-degree murder for the killing of Joshua Rose, 21.

Authorities said at the time of the suspects’ arrest that Rose was experiencing an overdose when the three got into a truck with him and strangled him with jumper cables before they abandoned his body in a wooded area.

The trio accused in bizarre death of their friend admitted guilt as part of a plea deal

Before they dumped Rose’s body, the three went to get gas and put glasses and a hat on the man so no one would recognize him, WNEP reported.

“When we look at all three, I think it’s difficult to say which one was the most culpable, but Rose did not have to die. This was a senseless act, and any of them could have done something different,” Lackawanna County Deputy District Attorney Mariclare Hayes, stated.

Layfield reportedly suffocated Rose as Mirabelli drove the vehicle, and Wayda was Rose’s ex-girlfriend.

Josh Rose, who was killed while overdosing on drugs
in 2016 Source: Josh Rose/Facebook

According to WBRE, Layfield and Mirabelli were each given 40-year prison stints, which is the maximum penalty.

Wayda was given 15 to 40 years behind bars.

Wayda reportedly apologized before sentencing. But Rose’s mother, Mary Rose Pope, said, “It lacked sincerity. I know her well. I treated her like a daughter.”

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