Brianne Lynn Palmer, a 23-year-old woman from Johnstown, Pa., will be spending the next 22.5 to 45 years in prison. Palmer was sentenced on Tuesday, Dec. 20, for her role in the stabbing death of her 59-year-old neighbor, Rudolph Joseph Vincent Janisko. Janisko was a kind-hearted custodian at Greater Johnstown Middle School, according to the Pennsylvania-based Tribune Democrat.
Palmer reportedly murdered Janisko on the night of Aug. 18 and was charged for the crime last December after leaving pretty much every possible shred of evidence you could possibly leave behind. Janisko had Palmer’s DNA under his fingernails. He also sent along some of his own blood, which police were later able to link between a shoe print and the pair Palmer was wearing at the time of the murder. Additionally, $18,641 in stolen money was able to place Palmer back at the scene.
Needless to say, her initial “not guilty” plea sort of went by the wayside when the blocks started falling into place, so Palmer opted for the emotional path at sentencing.
“I truly do apologize,” she said. “I’m so sorry.” Aw, don’t you just love her?
Her attorney — John Lovette, shockingly a public defender since Palmer was allegedly hooked on heroin at the time of the killing and not exactly affluent — did most of the heavy lifting on her apology tour.
“She has extreme remorse for what happened that night,” Lovette said. “She wishes she could turn back time and this incident never would have happened.”
How the family responded can best be summed up through the words of Elizabeth Hammer, Janisko’s niece: “The fact that someone so good had to experience something so bad is gut-wrenching. Knowing I’ll never get another hug from my uncle — it makes me hate you beyond explanation.”
But, but, she said she was sorry!
(Featured Image: Johnstown Police Department)