Three years into serving a life sentence for stabbing an elderly woman and burglarizing her home, David A. McClelland, 59, of Coal Center, died in the Greene County state correctional facility on May 30.
He died of natural causes, the Pennsylvania Office of Corrections said.
McClelland was convicted of criminal homicide and burglary in 2011 after he broke into the home of his neighbor, Evelyn Stepko, 92, of Coal Center, multiple times between 2009 and 2011, and stole more than $82,000 in cash.
He was assisted by his wife Diane McClelland, then 50, and his son and former Mon Valley police officer David J. McClelland, then 38, in multiple burglaries, police said, including the one that lead to the death of their neighbor Stepko.
Stepko, who lived alone and couldn’t drive, approached the family with a knife when they tried to burglarize her home through the back door, according to police.
With his son’s assistance, McClelland reportedly pushed her down the cellar stairs and struggled to get the knife free. Stepko suffered bruised ribs and two stab wounds to the neck during the fall and struggle, according to police.
McClelland’s son David and his wife Diane were convicted of conspiracy to commit homicide. McClelland’s son is serving a life sentence in prison. The McClellands reportedly used the stolen money on gambling sprees at casinos, in addition to buying multiple cars and guns, police said.
Max Radwin: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1280. Twitter: @MaxRadwin. First Published June 25, 2014 12:00 AM