SHARON, Pa. (AP) — A 20-year-old western Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree murder in the death of a 42-year-old woman last year.
Mercer County District Attorney Robert Kochems says he and the victim’s family agreed to reduce the charge from first-degree murder because of evidence that Anthony Argenziano was under the influence of drugs when he killed Tracey Goga.
Goga was found dead in her apartment in Sharon on June 9, 2012, though police believe she was killed two days earlier.
Argenziano told police he “snapped” before killing Goga, but otherwise didn’t explain why he stabbed her 30 times.
Kochems says an expert witness advised that drugs may have kept Argenziano from forming a “specific intent to kill.”
He’ll face up to 20 to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced Aug. 30.