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

January 15, 2013

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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