Father sentenced to life for daughter’s murder


PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – John Jonchuck was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after he was found guilty for murdering his daughter, Phoebe, in 2015 by throwing the child from a bridge. 

Jonchuck’s defense team argued that he was insane when he dropped his daughter off the bridge in Saint Petersburg; however, jurors did not believe he was insane at the time, ultimately deciding that he knew what he was doing, and that Phoebe’s death was premeditated.

The jury in Pinellas County reached the unanimous verdict after 14 days of testimony and six hours of deliberations.

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