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CORBETT SIGNS DEATH WARRANT FOR MICHAEL TRAVAGLIA

2/28/2013

 

Gov. Tom Corbett has signed an execution warrant for Michael Travaglia.  Travaglia was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy in the death of Apollo police officer Leonard Miller in January of 1980 in Westmoreland County.

 

This is the fourth death warrant issued against Travaglia for Miller’s murder.  Travaglia and John Lesko have been on Pennsylvania’s death row for more than thirty years, after both being convicted of killing four people over eight days at the end of 1979 and the beginning of 1980. 

 

The last of the murders was Miller, who was a rookie police officer. Travaglia and Lesko killed Miller as they were driving home after drowning church organist William Nichols in Blue Spruce Lake in Indiana County.  Their killing spree began when they abducted Peter Levato off a Pittsburgh street and murdered him near the Loyalhanna Dam outside of Saltsburg, and on New Year’s Eve 1979 they killed Marlene Newcomer, who had stopped to give them a ride.

 

Travaglia and John Lesko have been on Pennsylvania’s death row for more than thirty years, after both being convicted of killing four people over eight days at the end of 1979 and the beginning of 1980.  The death warrant signed yesterday was for the last of those murders, of rookie Apollo police officer Leonard Miller.  Corbett signed a death warrant for Lesko last September for the same murder.

 

Travaglia and Lesko killed Miller as they were driving home after drowning church organist William Nichols in Blue Spruce Lake in Indiana County.  Their killing spree began when they abducted Peter Levato off a Pittsburgh street and murdered him near the Loyalhanna Dam outside of Saltsburg, and on New Year’s Eve 1979 they killed Marlene Newcomer, who had stopped to give them a ride.

- See more at: http://www.1160wccs.com/news/channels/story.aspx?ID=1742087#sthash.dI4E2Gzk.dpuf

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