Man gets 10 to 25 years for killing girl­friend

An­thony Noble pleaded guilty to caus­ing the death of his ex-girl­friend through fa­tal dose of co­caine

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kait­lyn Foti kfoti@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @kait­lyn­foti on Twit­ter

A Phoenixville man pleaded guilty in Mont­gomery County Court to a charge of third­de­gree mur­der.

NOR­RIS­TOWN >> What de­fen­dant An­thony Noble once called a “Romeo and Juliet”style sui­cide pact ended Tues­day in a 10- to 25-year prison sen­tence for the “Romeo” who sur­vived.

Noble, 27, of the 300 block of Hall Street in Phoenixville, pleaded guilty in Mont­gomery County Court in front of Judge Gar­rett D. Page to a charge of third­de­gree mur­der for in­ject­ing 27-year-old Joette L. Mullen with a fa­tal dose of co­caine. The plea was ne­go­ti­ated in ex­change for the 10- to 25year sen­tence.

“I think in many cases it is dif­fi­cult for the fam­ily, be­cause as they said and as the judge said, it won’t bring the vic­tim back, and you just want that per­son to go away for for­ever,” said As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Kath­leen McLaugh­lin. “They also didn’t want to go to trial, so at the end of the day, I think that they are OK with this.”

Mullen’s body was dis­cov­ered in­side her parked Kia Forte at about 9 a.m. on Dec. 14, 2015, at Lock 60 in the Schuylkill Canal Park in Up­per Prov­i­dence. In­ves­ti­ga­tors stated that Mullen was in­side the locked car, show­ing no signs of life, with fresh nee­dle tracks in her arm.

Noble, who had briefly dated Mullen, was ques­tioned by de­tec­tives, and stated that Mullen wanted to die, and that they planned on end­ing their lives to­gether. Noble told po­lice he backed out of the pact af­ter watch­ing Mullen seize be­fore pass­ing away.

Pros­e­cu­tors stated that Noble at­tempted to cover up his ac­tions, at­tempt­ing to make the scene ap­pear as if Mullen over­dosed on her own, be­fore ad­mit­ting his role in her death.

“There were pe­ri­ods where she was seiz­ing and he in­jected her again, en­sur­ing that she would die,” McLaugh­lin said. “There was a wicked­ness of heart when he did this, to watch some­body suf­fer and to do it again in­stead of get help, and on top of that he cleaned up the scene and left.”

Mullen’s mother, Linda Ward, spoke dur­ing the hear­ing of be­ing plagued by ques­tions and anger.

“Who ap­pointed him ex­e­cu­tioner?” she read from a let­ter she had writ­ten for the court. “Why my Joey? Why? I lay awake at night and keep ask­ing my­self why.”

Ward looked at Noble when she spoke of her daugh­ter’s mur­der.

“She was plan­ning on a ca­reer in health care, and she was robbed of a med­i­cal ca­reer that she was so well suited for. The right to a fu­ture, the right to marry, to have chil­dren, to give me grand­chil­dren were taken away when she was left in the front seat of a car, aban­doned to die,” Ward said.

She added that Mullen’s slip­pers still sit by the front door in her house, “wait­ing for her to come home.”

Noble qui­etly ad­dressed her dur­ing his chance to speak dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing.

“I’m sorry. I wish I could take it all back. I just wish I could take it all back but I can’t,” he said.

The judge warned Noble that he would not likely get out af­ter the lower end of his sen­tence of 10 years, but is more likely to serve closer to the 25-year max­i­mum on the sen­tence. He also or­dered Noble to un­dergo a drug, al­co­hol and men­tal health eval­u­a­tion and com­ply with any rec­om­men­da­tions put forth.

“You need to do some­thing in life to make sure no­body else gets put in the po­si­tion that you are in and that you put their daugh­ter in,” Page said.

An­thony Noble

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