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Suspect in teen’s rape, death finalizes guilty plea

Published February 22. 2019 01:24PM

DOYLESTOWN (AP) — The guilty plea for a Pennsylvania man who admitted to the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl was finalized Friday after being delayed twice for health issues and once for weather.

Jacob Sullivan was in the Bucks County courthouse Friday to finalize his plea in the killing of Grace Packer. He pleaded to first-degree murder, rape and related charges Tuesday but then was rushed to the hospital for high blood pressure. He was again rushed to the hospital Thursday while finishing the plea.

Sullivan will now be sentenced by a jury, who will decide whether he will get life in prison or the death penalty. That hearing is expected to be held in mid-March.

Prosecutors say Sullivan raped and killed Packer in a plot with her adoptive mother. Sara Packer’s lawyer says she intends to plead guilty in the case.

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