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Man is sentenced for killing mother and baby

September 11, 2012

Photo by Ted Lutz – Waide Eugene Nolf (center) is escorted Tuesday into the McKean County Courthouse in Smethport where he was sentenced to life in prison for the 2010 deaths of a mother and her baby in Bradford. The escorts are Julia Brechtel (left) and Larry Benson (right), both deputies with the McKean County Sheriff’s Department.

SMETHPORT – A man has been sentenced to life in state prison for killing a mother and her baby in Bradford in 2010.
Waide Eugene Nolf, 40, of Bradford received the sentence Tuesday when he appeared in McKean County Court before Senior Judge William Morgan of Warren.
The case had been scheduled to go trial with jury selection set to begin Tuesday in county court. However, Nolf entered a plea Monday during a pre-trial conference at the county courthouse, a court spokesman said.
County District Attorney Ray Learn was prepared to seek the death penalty for Nolf had the jury returned a guilty verdict at a trial.
Nolf pleaded “no contest” Monday to two charges—murder of the first degree in the death of Tanya Haight, 24, and involuntary manslaughter in the death of her baby girl.
Learn amended the criminal complaint to add these two charges. Two original charges of homicide were “not prosecuted,” according to a court spokesman.
Morgan sentenced Nolf to life in prison in the death of the mother. He sentenced Nolf to serve 18 to 36 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the death of the baby. This sentence only would take effect if Nolf’s life sentence were shortened, it was noted.
About 700 McKean County residents had been summoned for jury selection. About 200 had been scheduled to appear Tuesday. Jury selection was canceled when Nolf entered his plea of “no contest” to the charges.

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