Spurned suitor gets 30-year term for killing fe­male friend

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

MOUNT HOLLY » A man con­victed of stran­gling a fe­male friend who had spurned his ro­man­tic over­tures has been sen­tenced to 30 year in prison.

Wil­liam Gen­nett will not be el­i­gi­ble to seek pa­role un­der the sen­tence im­posed Thurs­day. He had been con­victed in June on mur­der and stalk­ing charges.

Burling­ton County pros­e­cu­tors say the 55-year-old Taber­na­cle man and 45-yearold Shannon O’Rourke were friends, but Gen­nett was us­ing a cell­phone app that al­lowed him to track her where­abouts with­out her knowl­edge.

They say Gen­nett killed O’Rourke in July 2016 in her Lum­ber­ton home when she re­jected his at­tempts to turn their friend­ship into a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship.

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