WAYNESBURG – Jason William Roe, 32, of Daisytown, formerly of Greene County, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Wednesday for the Aug. 14, 2012, murder of Cordele Edward Patterson in a Wayne Township cabin.
Roe was found guilty Nov. 15 of both first-degree murder and aggravated assault, the latter charge stemming from gunshot injuries sustained by Roe’s wife, Lana Kay Roe, his co-defendant in Patterson’s death. The jury concluded Roe was responsible for inflicting the injuries against his wife outside the cabin on the day of Patterson’s murder. A mistrial was declared for Lana Roe when the jury could not reach a verdict on the homicide charge against her. She will be retried in March.
When imposing sentence, Judge William Nalitz told Roe, “You knowingly, willfully and with premeditation and malice took the life of your friend.” Nalitz said Roe took away not only Patterson’s life, but also his hopes, dreams, memories and the love he had for his family.
“You have a daughter. By your actions, you have removed yourself from her life,” Nalitz told Roe. “You shall live the remainder of your life in the custody of the department of corrections. There is no possibility of parole.”
Patterson’s family thanked the members of the district attorney’s office who were present in the courtroom. Speaking on behalf of the family, Assistant District Attorney Linda Chambers said, “The judge summed it up. Jason Roe took more than a life.”
Outside of the courtroom Roe’s attorney, Harry Cancelmi ,echoed Chambers sentiment. “The judge summed it up well,” he said.
Roe pleaded guilty on Dec. 11 to escaping from the Greene County Jail on June 22. Nalitz sentenced him to 1 to 2 years for this charge. Regarding the assault charge for the injuries sustained by Lana Roe, Nalitz sentenced him to 2 to 4 years consecutively to the sentence for escape.
Jason Roe declined to speak when asked if he had anything he would like to say. He was remanded into the custody of the Greene County Sheriff’s deputies for transport to SCI-Pittsburgh where he will be classified and transferred to another state facility to serve his sentence.
Jury selection in the retrial of Lana Roe will begin March 20 with the trial scheduled to start March 24. She is currently in the Washington County Jail.
In addition to homicide, Lana Roe will be tried on falsely reporting and falsely incriminating another, charges stemming from a police report she made regarding weapons allegedly stolen from the Roe residence in Daisytown on Aug. 11, 2012. Roe initially claimed Patterson took the weapons. However, in a later interview with police she told them she had sold two of the firearms reported stolen prior to reporting the burglary.