The Tidioute man charged with shooting a woman to death learned his fate today in court.
Fifty-three-year-old Randy Lee Poole was brought into the courtroom this morning in an orange and white jumpsuit and shackles.
Poole showed little emotion as Judge Gregory Hammond sentenced him to a minimum of 33 years in a state correctional institution.
Judge Hammond handed down a maximum sentence on each count, including 3rd degree murder, burglary, persons not to possess firearms and fleeing and eluding. Poole's sentences will be served consecutively.
Poole was under the influence of bath salts when he entered 56-year-old Kathleen Sweeney's Deerfield Township home on December 20th. Sweeney tried to escape and ran to her car, where Poole shot her twice in the head at close range through the drivers side window. Before Poole was sentenced, he addressed the court, saying he was under the influence of bath salts and he doesn't remember exactly happened.
Judge Hammond told Poole he showed no mercy when he murdered Kathleen Sweeney in cold blood; therefore the maximum sentence will be imposed. Poole will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
The sister of Kathleen Sweeney spoke briefly on behalf of the family and said the hardest part is that they'll never know why this tragedy happened. She says it has turned their world upside down.