Pottstown man gets long prison sentence for raping ex-girlfriend, killing her new lover

Jim Melwert
August 18, 2019 - 4:00 am

Courtesy of the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A 25-year-old Pottstown man will spend decades behind bars as part of a guilty plea to raping his ex-girlfriend and stabbing her new lover.

Sean Emmell pleaded guilty Monday to 3rd degree murder and rape and was sentenced to 22-and-a-half to 45 years in state prison.

Emmell stabbed and killed 20-year-old Joshua Shupard in January.

According to court documents, Shupard was asked by his girlfriend to keep an eye on her while she met with Emmell, an ex-boyfriend who she had said raped her in the past.

The court documents say she was meeting with Emmell because he was threatening to interfere with her recent recruitment into the military.

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She met with Emmell in her car in front of the Pottstown Middle School and she brought a folding knife for protection.

According to the complaint, when she told Emmell she had to go, he pushed a thumbtack against her throat and threatened her and told her to recline her seat.

She pulled the knife, but Emmell took it from her. She honked the horn to signal Shupard, but when he pulled up and asked if everything was okay, Emmell got out and stabbed him in the chest.