Jennifer Lee Daugherty (November 8, 1979 – February 11, 2010) was an American woman who was tortured and murdered as a form of retaliation in Greensburg, Pennsylvania in February 2010.
Daugherty was tortured and murdered before being wrapped in Christmas ornaments, stuffed into a garbage can, and left in the Greensburg-Salem Middle School parking lot.
Knight, Marinucci, Masters, Meidinger, Miller and Smyrnes were the suspected perpetrators.
The prosecution sought the death penalty for Smyrnes, Knight, and Meidinger when the trial began on November 3, 2010. Knight and Smyrnes, however, remain the only death row inmates as of August 1, 2019.
Jennifer Daugherty’s Suspect’s Trial and persecution
Knight pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy to murder and kidnap on April 12, 2012. A jury deliberated for several hours on August 30, 2012, before voting to execute Knight.
Marinucci was formally sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release on August 3, 2011, after being convicted guilty of first-degree murder in May.
After pleading guilty to third-degree murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy on December 4, 2013, Amber Christine Meidinger (born January 12, 1990) was sentenced to 40 to 80 years in prison.
In November 2019, Meidinger submitted application with the state’s Board of Pardons, requesting an early release from her 40- to 80-year jail sentence.
Peggy Darlene Miller (born February 3, 1983) received a sentence ranging from 35 to 74 years in prison.
Smyrnes was sentenced to death on February 28, 2013. Smyrnes filed an appeal against his sentencing. A judge upheld his death sentence in February 2017. In July 2017, his execution was postponed.
On December 19, 2013, Robert Loren Masters Jr. (born December 22, 1973) pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and kidnapping. Masters was given a sentence ranging from 30 to 70 years in prison.