COUDERSPORT, Pa. (WIVB) - A man who murdered his ex-wife inside a church in Coudersport, PA will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty on Wednesday to first degree murder.
Greg Eldred, 52, entered the First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport last December and shot his ex-wife, 53-year-old Darlene Sitler, while she sat at the organ. Sitler was the choir director and an elementary school music teacher.
After Eldred shot his wife, she fell into the organ pit and he fled to his vehicle. Those inside the building called 911 and tried to help Sitler, but five minutes later, Eldred came back in and pushed past congregants trying to hold him back. He then shot his wife twice more to make sure she was dead.
As part of Wednesday's plea deal, Eldred will be sentenced next week to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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