Arthur “A.B.” Schirmer was sentenced to life in prison without parol, on Monday, for murdering his second wife in 2008.
The 64-year-old former Pennsylvania pastor received his sentence nearly two months after a jury found him guilty of the first-degree murder of Betty Schirmer.
“I just didn’t hear evidence that led me to believe that he committed a crime,” said Julie Campbell, one of the daughters.
He received an automatic life sentence with conviction in Monroe County. Prosecutors said he clubbed Betty Schirmer on the head with a crowbar, then loaded her into their car and staged a low-speed accident in an effort to conceal the crime.
“My mom is finally able to rest in peace,” Betty Schirmer’s son, Nate Novack, said after the sentencing. “We do have some closure, and it’s a great day overall, even though the life conviction isn’t going to bring my mom back.”
The convicted murderer is awaiting trial for the 1999 murder of his first wife, Jewel Schirmer. The investigation into his second wives death led prosecutors to take another look at Schirmer’s case.
Schirmer claims that he found Jewel Schirmer’s body in a pool of blood at the bottom of their basement steps when he returned home from a run, on April 23, 1999.