DuBois, PA – The man accused of running over and killing a DuBois woman while driving a stolen vehicle has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in state prison.
In August of 2015, the now 32-year-old Joshua Nelson allegedly stole a Marine Corps recruiter’s government vehicle, then struck and killed 61-year-old Betsy Andryka as she ran her lawnmower at her house on Brown Street. He reportedly also assaulted two women at a nearby home.
He pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, aggravated assault, burglary, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, simple assault, and resisting arrest.
Nelson received the maximum sentence of 20 to 40 years in state prison, which will run consecutive to his current sentence of 3 to 10 years for a parole violation.
The defense had argued that Nelson has “diminished capacity” for making good decisions and that there had been some potential mental health side effects of his prescribed medications.
Nelson became emotional as he read a letter to the Andryka family, saying that he wishes every day that he could take back his actions.
Before the sentencing, a relative of Andryka spoke about how Betsy had battled cancer and beat it, but was deprived of feeling the joy of the birth of her first grandchild because of her death.
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