Schannauer pleads guilty; avoids death penalty

By on December 8, 2014
Ryan Schannauer pleads guilty, avoids death penalty for the murder of Ashley Kline

Judge David L. Ashworth sentenced Schannauer, 20, to life in prison plus 20 to 40 years Monday morning.

Two former Cocalico High School students, Schannauer and Adam Lynch, 21, were accused in January in the killing of 23-year-old Ashley Kline on Dec. 30, 2013.

The DA’s office said that Lynch, from Adamstown, was expected to plead guilty later today.

Lancaster County District Attorney’s office last month announced that a plea deal where both men would be spared the death penalty if each would plead guilty to murder.

Police took the men in custody and charged they drove Kline to Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge in Clay Township. Police say the men brutally beat her, stabbed her, and set her on fire.

Kline’s body was discovered by hikers Jan. 12.

The 135-pound Lynch and 322-pound Schannauer initially blamed each other in the murder following their arrest, according to police,

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