Penn Hills man gets life sentence for killing, dismemberment
An Allegheny County judge today sentenced a Penn Hills man to life without parole plus one to two years in prison for killing and dismembering another man.
A jury in March convicted Vito Pelino, 27, of first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse for killing William King, 23, of Penn Hills and chopping up his body to hide it on a wooded hillside in Plum.
Pelino apologized to King’s family, but several of King’s relatives said they can’t forgive his murder of a gentle, cheerful sports fanatic.
“This animal deserves the death penalty,” Michael King told Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski. “To be put to death like my brother was.”
Pelino was facing a mandatory life sentence on the murder conviction. Borkowski sentenced him to one to two years in prison on the misdemeanor charge of abusing a corpse.
Pelino killed King on Feb. 13, 2011, after finding him at Pelino’s sister’s apartment, police said. He gave King a ride from the apartment but, instead of taking King home, took him to a house Pelino’s mother owned in Verona where he stabbed King 72 times and then chopped up his body, police said.
Pelino said King’s death haunts him.
“I deserve every word of (Mark King’s) anger and his feelings toward me,” Pelino said.
Leo Robinson, King’s uncle, said Pelino is a monster.
“William was harmless,” he said. “In 23 years he was never in a fight.”
Doris Pryor, King’s grandmother, said after the hearing that knowing Pelino will spend the rest of his life in prison will help the family heal.
“(William) would have wanted us to move on,” she said.