Man given life sentence for ’72 Turnpike killing
State police charge 75-year-old after grand jury investigation
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of killing a motorist along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1972 wrote a piece published by a biker magazine in the 1980s about a gunman surprising a motorist.
State police charged 75-year-old Larry Joseph Via on Friday with the death of Morgan Peters, the result of a grand jury investigation that started two years ago.
Via is serving life in Ohio for a killing that occurred two days after Peters’ body was found.
The 29-year-old Peters had been shot in the back.
Police say Via wrote a piece in Outlaw Biker magazine about a hitchhiking woman who lured a man to stop for her.
Via is charged with criminal homicide and robbery.
Via doesn’t have a lawyer listed in court records.