Jury deadlocked in deciding sentence for Jacob Sullivan

Jim Melwert
March 27, 2019 - 4:34 pm
Jacob Sullivan

Bucks County District Attorney's Office

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The jury in the Jacob Sullivan case has told the judge they are deadlocked as to whether he should be given the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

The jury sent a note to the court Wednesday, telling them, "After sufficient deliberations, we cannot unanimously reach a sentencing verdict."

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Judge Diane Gibbons read the jury what’s known as the "dynamite charge," telling them it’s their job to come to a unanimous decision. She then sent them back to continue.

Sullivan pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for killing 14-year-old Grace Packer.

If the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict, Sullivan will get life without parole.

His co-defendant, the girl's adoptive mother Sara Packer, will officially enter her guilty plea once this is concluded. She will be sentenced to life in prison.