Gov. Tom Corbett today signed an execution warrant for a Washington County man who was convicted in the 2003 beating, strangulation and stabbing of a widow during a robbery in her Upper St. Clair home, his office announced.
The execution of Patrick Stollar, 36, is scheduled for Aug. 20, according to the governor's office. He is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Greene.
Stollar had been convicted of first-degree murder in the June 4, 2003, death of Jean Heck, 78. Heck hired him and a crew to help with yard work a few days before she was killed.
Before a jury found him guilty in 40 minutes, the prosecutor said in February 2008, "By far and away the most damning evidence was Patrick Stollar's confession” to Allegheny County homicide detectives two days after the slaying. In the recording, Stollar is heard saying, "I drove to [Mrs. Heck's] house with nothing less than the intention to take her life."
First Published June 30, 2014 12:00 AM