By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item
— MIDDLEBURG — Joshua M. Snook pleaded guilty this morning to criminal homicide, admitting that he killed his 71-year-old grandmother during a confrontation last year at her Beaver Township home.
His wife, Jennifer, who accompanied her husband to the home that night, pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit burglary.
The couple who previously lived in Sunbury entered their pleas during separate appearances today before Union-Snyder Judge Michael T. Hudock in Snyder County Court. The judge has not yet accepted either plea and sentencing for each defendant was deferred pending further judicial review of their cases.
Joshua Snook's plea agreement calls for a state prison term of 20 to 60 years. His wife faces a state prison term of 5 to 15 years under terms of her agreement.
Police alleged that Snook went to his grandparents' home to get guns and ammunition he planned to use to confront a man he had argued with earlier in the evening at a Northumberland County bar.
His wife was with her husband that night, but waited in the car while he was inside the home, then drove him from the scene.