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DA to appeal ruling in 2008 Scranton triple murder case

Published January 29. 2014 12:31PM

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A northeastern Pennsylvania prosecutor says he will seek reversal of an appeals court ruling overturning kidnapping and second-degree murder convictions in a 2008 triple murder.

Thirty-one-year-old Randal Rushing is serving three consecutive life sentences in the murders of 20-year-old Justin Berrios, 22-year-old Dustin Hintz and 16-year-old Leslie Collier. Lackawanna County prosecutors said Ross used hammers and knives to kill the victims in a Scranton home, then stole jewelry, debit cards and video games and fled to Wilkes-Barre.

A Superior Court panel overturned his kidnapping and second-degree murder convictions last summer, saying a kidnapping charge requires that the victim be moved a "substantial distance." District Attorney Andy Jarbola called the decision "bad law" and told The (Scranton) Times-Tribune ( ) that he appealed to avoid setting a precedent for similar cases.

Information from: The Times-Tribune,

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