Man found guilty of murdering Altoona woman

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An Erie court found 45-year-old, John Grazioli, guilty of all charges, including murder in the first degree. 

The Commonwealth made the case that Grazioli shot his wife of fewer than six months in the back of the head while she was sleeping. 

“Amanda brought no tears to his eyes, what he had done, he had no remorse for whatsoever and he’s just a very, very cold man,” Erin Connelly, Assistant District Attorney said.

Grazioli did cry when he was telling his own story – that he bought the gun as a gift for Amanda, and when he was showing her how to use it, he accidentally pulled the trigger. 

“I would do anything to have her back,” Grazioli told the jury, with tears in his eyes.

“I found that to be very insincere,” Connelly said.

“I think John Grazioli is about John Grazioli. He does only what benefits him and those tears were for himself who is now found in this predicament. I think he’s crying because he knew he was done for and he had to be accountable for his actions.”

“We standby our position that this was an accident,” Defense Attorney Brian Arrowsmith said, after the verdict. 

Grazioli will face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, and he still has a separate trial ahead of him. 

“When I get done with him in a civil trial, he’s gonna wish that Governor Wolf would rescind the ban on capital punishment,” Adam Barrist, Civil Attorney said.

That case has been on hold while the criminal case unfolded, but a hearing is scheduled later this month to determine when it will resume. 

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