Man gets 35 to 80 years in prison for killings

February 27, 2013

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania judge has sentenced a New Jersey man to 35 to 80 years in prison for murdering his father and stepmother before claiming they died in a fiery car crash.

Forty-two-year-old Colin Abbott, of Randolph, N.J., was sentenced by a Butler County judge Wednesday, a day after entering a surprise no-contest plea bargain to third-degree murder in the June 2011 killings of Kenneth Abbott and his wife, Celeste.

Authorities contend Abbott dismembered the bodies and scattered their charred remains on the family property in Butler County, about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh, but told relatives they were burned beyond recognition in a car crash. Prosecutors say the multimillion-dollar estate of Kenneth Abbott, a retired pharmaceutical executive, drove the killings.

Abbott cried as his attorney told the court he regrets “what he has put his family through.”



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