Trial Coverage

Boob, Heichel convicted of murder, sentenced to life in prison.

PUBLISHED IN THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES

THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011

BELLEFONTE — A jury deliberated for less than two hours Tuesday night before finding a Centre Hall woman guilty of murdering her husband with the help of a Bellefonte man with whom she was having an affair.

Mirinda Boob, 28, and Ronald Heichel, 31, were both convicted of all four charges against them — first-and third-degree murder, criminal conspiracy to commit homicide and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

The first-degree murder conviction results in an automatic life sentence for each of them. They also were each sentenced to 20 to 40 years on the conspiracy to commit homicide charge, to be served in state prison.

The reaction of both was succinct: “It sucks,” Boob said outside the Centre County Courthouse, as police escorted her to a car that would take her back to jail.

“God have mercy on their souls,” said Heichel.

Read more: Boob, Heichel convicted of murder, sentenced to life in prison.

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Centre Hall Slaying

Men say Boob sought hit man

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SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011

BY CLIFF WHITE AND ED MAHON

BELLEFONTE — Two men romantically linked to Mirinda Boob testified she asked each of them to kill her husband, in one case just weeks before Samuel Boob’s Aug. 23, 2009, death from multiple shotgun wounds at his home in Centre Hall.

“She said she wanted somebody to come into the house and murder him on the couch,” said Wes Decker, as he recollected the conversations he had with Boob during their monthlong affair in August 2009.

Read more: Men say Boob sought hit man.

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Centre Hall Slaying

Jurors hear secret taping in Centre Hall slaying case

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

BY ED MAHON AND CLIFF WHITE

A few days after her husband’s death, Mirinda Boob recounted his final moments.

“I’m glad I got to hear his words,” she told Sam’s friend and brother-in- law, Ben Cort, who was secretly recording the conversation for police. “I’m very glad that I got to hear him tell me that he loved me.”

But the pathologist who performed Samuel Boob’s autopsy testified at her trial in Centre County Court Thursday that it would have been impossible for him to say anything to his wife — or even gesture.

Read more: Jurors hear secret taping in Centre Hall slaying case.

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Centre Hall Slaying

Prosecutor says Boob looked for a hit man

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

BY CLIFF WHITE AND ED MAHON

Mirinda Boob was shopping for a man to kill her husband when, by chance, she met Ron Heichel at the Snappy’s in Centre Hall in August 2009, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller told a jury Wednesday.

In less than a month, Samuel Boob was dead, killed with his own shotgun in the driveway of his Tusseyville Road home.

“The evidence will show you (Mirinda Boob) wanted out of this marriage,” Parks Miller told jurors as the murder trial of Heichel and Mirinda Boob began Wednesday. “She grew up spoiled, got what she wanted. Mirinda Boob just wanted a different life. One positive thing about Mirinda Boob: she’s not a quitter because she kept trying to find a man who would help her kill her husband.”

Read more: Prosecutor says Boob looked for hit man.

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Victim recounts alleged robbery

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SATURDAY, FEB. 12, 2011

BY ED MAHON AND CLIFF WHITE

BELLEFONTE — A man kidnapped and robbed at gunpoint identified two of the defendants in the ongoing trial of four men accused of a string of Centre County robberies and burglaries.

On a cold Wednesday evening in February 2010, Penn State student Min Suh was sitting in a parked BMW, waiting to pick up a friend. The two planned to head to a weekly Bible study group later that night.

It was about 8 p.m., and while he waited, Suh passed the time by studying.

When a man, dressed in a black leather jacket and wearing black sunglasses and gloves, walked up to the vehicle and asked to borrow Suh’s cell phone, he didn’t hesitate. “I love … people,” Suh testified.

Read more: Victim recounts alleged robbery.

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Alleged robbers’ roommates testify

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SATURDAY, FEB. 12, 2011

BY ED MAHON

In January 2010, Jon McConnell and the four men he lived with needed help paying the rent — one of their housemates had canceled plans to stay at the house for Penn State’s spring semester.

“We needed to find roommates ASAP, so we didn’t have to foot the bill,” McConnell said.

McConnell posted an ad on Craigslist and wound up renting to the first people to respond: a group of men who prosecutors would later describe as a “crew of gangsters,” responsible for a burglary and armed robbery spree across Centre County.

“They were very close-knit. Kind of like brothers,” McConnell said, describing Maksim Illarionov, 22, Alexei Semionov, 29, and Dmitriy Litvinov, 24, who all spent time at the home at 1384 E. College Ave. Those three, along with 27-year-old Anatoliy Veretnov, are charged in more than 40 combined cases of robbery, theft and burglary.

Read more: Alleged robbers’ roommates testify.

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Violent robbery trial to begin

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9, 2011

BY ED MAHON

Jury selection began Tuesday for four men accused of participating in more than 40 combined cases of robbery, theft and burglary.

Here’s a look at the accused and their alleged roles:

Read more: Violent robbery trial to begin.

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