Man pleads guilty to killing father with butter knife; sentenced up to 40 years

Jim Melwert
January 22, 2019 - 3:31 pm
Preston Lonnberg-Lane, 30, is sentenced to 20 to 40 years behind bars after pleading guilty to the third-degree murder of his father.

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LANSDALE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Lansdale man who stabbed and choked his father to death in March 2018 will spend up to 40 years behind bars after pleading guilty to third-degree murder.

Preston Lonnberg-Lane, 30, attacked his 74-year-old adoptive father, Thomas Lane, with a butter knife in the early morning hours of March 27 in a bedroom of their home on Delaware Avenue in Lansdale.

According to court documents, Lonnberg-Lane told police he had been snorting fentanyl around 3:30 a.m. He then got the knife from the kitchen, went into his father’s room, and started attacking him.

He said he stopped when he his father said his name and asked him what he was doing.

Thomas Lane died from the injuries two days later.

Asked if he had any thoughts on the sentence, as he left the courtroom, Lonnberg-Lane said, "My father was a remarkable man."

Then, he added, "Don’t do drugs."