SMETHPORT -- "He'll die a captive."
That's how McKean County District Attorney Ray Learn described the fate of Thomas Paul Haggie, who was sentenced Thursday to two "consecutive" life terms in state prison for the 2009 Bradford murder of a 21-year-old woman and her unborn son.
Learn said the sentence, which was handed down by McKean County President Judge John Pavlock during a 12-minute proceeding at the county courthouse, is "a
fitting end to this case."
Haggie, 31, and co-defendant Greggory Theobald, 21, were accused in the grisly murder of Megan Konopka in Haggie's room at a downtown Bradford rooming house.
Konopka, a 2007 graduate of Norwin High School near Pittsburgh, was an estimated 38 1/2 weeks pregnant at the time of the murder.
Theobald, who pleaded guilty, received the same sentence when he appeared in the same courtroom in August. Haggie considered taking his case to a jury, but last month decided to accept a plea agreement that would also send him to prison for life. Had the case gone before a jury, Learn was prepared to seek the death penalty for Haggie.
The murder drew national attention, primarily because Haggie allegedly transmitted two graphic photos of the crime scene to a girl he knew while he was living in California. The girl reportedly notified police. The Bradford Police Department, investigating the case, found the victim in Haggie's room. Haggie was arrested in Elmira, N.Y. Co-defendant Theobald was arrested in Bradford.
A clean-shaven Haggie appeared in court Thursday with his court-appointed attorneys-- Mike Marshall and Gary Knaresboro of DuBois.
In a brief statement to the court, Haggie said, "I apologize for what I did. I'm sorry it happened that way."
Previously described as "evil" by Learn, Haggie admitted in court last month that he choked Konopka and "cut her throat."
Haggie and Theobald have never explained why they killed the pregnant woman.
In addressing the court, Learn called the murder "heinous." He said he believes it is appropriate that Haggie will "live in prison followed by death in prison" for his role in the murder.
For more on this story, see the Jan. 14 edition of The Daily Press.