Governor Tom Corbett has signed an execution warrant for Mark Newton Spotz, convicted of kidnapping, robbing and brutally murdering a York County woman during a four-county homicide spree in 1995.
This execution warrant is for the murder of Penny Gunnet, 41, who was the third of Spotz’s four murder victims during a homicidal rampage between late January and early February 1995.
Gunnet was carjacked on her way to work around 6 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 2, 1995.
Spotz forced his way into her car at gunpoint, stealing her cash, credit cards, wedding rings and other jewelry.
Gunnet’s body was found beneath her abandoned car several hours later. During the carjacking, she had been shot and run over, a pathologist said.
Spotz was arrested, tried separately and convicted in four different Pennsylvania counties for killing his brother and three women. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for each woman he killed. For his brother’s death, Spotz was sentenced to 17 ½ to 35 years in prison.
Now 41, Spotz is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene.
His execution for Gunnet’s murder has been scheduled for Jan. 8, 2013.
The killing spree began Jan. 31, 1995, in Clearfield County when Spotz shot his brother, Dustin, after a fight.
He fled the area, stopping in Schuylkill County on Feb. 1, 1995. There, around 5:30 a.m., Spotz encountered June Ohlinger who had just arrived at the convenience store where she worked.
Gov. Corbett Signs Execution Warrant for York Woman's Killer, Mark Newton Spotz
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