U.S. Supreme Court Nixes Chance To Review Appeal Of Pizza Bomber Convicition

January 15, 2013
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused without comment to hear the latest appeal of Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong concerning her conviction in the so-called “pizza bomber” murder case.

The 62 year-old Diehl-Armstrong had asked for a review of the ruling by the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals upholding her conviction and sentence in the August, 2003 murder of 46 year-old Erie pizza deliveryman Brian Wells who died when a bomb that had been locked around his neck exploded.  Prosecutors had claimed that Wells had been forced to participate in a bank robbery plot of which Diehl-Armstrong was allegedly the mastermind.

Diehl-Armstrong was sentenced in 2010 to life plus thirty years in federal prison.  She is still serving a 7-to-20 year term in state prison in a 2005 case in which she pleaded guilty but mentally ill to third-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend.  The body of the boyfriend, 45 year-old James Rhoden, was found in a freezer in September, 2003, less than a month after the explosion that killed Wells.

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