Jailed killer convicted of second murder in 1976 robbery

March 6, 2012 8:04 pm

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A convicted killer serving a life term for a 1976 murder was found guilty today of first-degree homicide and conspiracy in relation to a second death connected to the same gas station robbery.

After deliberating all day, an Allegheny County Common Pleas jury convicted Donald Unger Jr., 54, in the death of Norman Schohn, a paraplegic who died in 2010 at age 62.

Mr. Unger and his friend, William Jackson Jr., were convicted in 1977 of killing gas station attendant Donald Wright during a robbery at the former Parkway Service Station on Saw Mill Run Boulevard on Oct. 29, 1976.

Mr. Schohn, a customer who had pulled into the station during the robbery, was robbed, shot three times and left paralyzed.

When he died two years ago of a pulmonary embolism, the district attorney's office said the death was related to the old wounds and brought new homicide charges against the men, both of whom are serving life terms at the state prison at Graterford outside Philadelphia.

Mr. Jackson has indicated he will plead guilty, but Mr. Unger elected to go to trial.

First Published 2012-03-06 19:04:43

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