Re-sentencing request has unwanted outcome for killer

DA: 'We don't really see those kind of outcomes'

LANCASTER, Pa. - The case rocked the region in 2014. The details still stick with Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman.

"One of the worst crimes I've seen in my career," the DA shared.

What began as a break-in in Lancaster ended with the brutal murder of Nicole Mathewson, a 32-year-old teacher at Brownstown Elementary School near Ephrata.

"Broke into her home and really killed her for no reason," Stedman recalled.

One of the individuals who pleaded guilty, 19-year-old Marcus Rutter, recently requested a new sentence.

"So he had appealed it to the Superior Court, saying that, essentially saying that the sentence is too harsh. It's life without the ability for parole."

But the request brought Rutter some unwanted attention.

"Not only did they deny his claims, but uniquely said he needs to be re-sentenced," Stedman told 69 News.

Rutter is serving 54 to 109 years in prison. That includes 35-to-70-years on the first-degree murder charge, but the court ruled in another way.

"You can't have a maximum of 70. He needs to be sentenced to 35 to life," Stedman explained.

It's not something the district attorney often sees.

"We don't really see those kind of outcomes," he told 69 News.

So what's next for Rutter?

"He has to be re-sentenced by a court of common pleas," Stedman said. "He can't get 35 to 70. It has to be 35 to life."

Regardless of the ultimate sentence, it doesn't change the facts in the case.

"Whether it's 35 to 70, we can't get really what we want, which is Nicole Mathewson back."

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