The Centre Daily Times of State College (http://bit.ly/T4rMXp ) says a Centre County jury convicted 21-year-old Tyler Marlatt of second- and third-degree murder in the Jan. 16 death of 20-year-old Tyler Struble in a Lemont backyard. The panel acquitted him on a charge of first-degree murder.
Minutes later, President Judge Thomas Kistler sentenced him to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Prosecutors contended that Marlatt and others had gone to Struble's home to claim money from a drug deal. Marlatt testified that he acted in self-defense.
He apologized to Struble's relatives as well as his own family, saying "I wish it didn't happen the way it did."
Calvin Struble told him that the victim was not only his son but also a father himself, and now his 2-year-old son is without a father.
Struble's mother, Ellie, told Marlatt before sentencing that she forgives him, and the mothers of both men embraced before leaving the courthouse
Information from: Centre Daily Times, http://www.centredaily.com