CHARLESTON, W.Va. () – Jurors in West Virginia on Tuesday recommended a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a man convicted of killing a 77-year-old woman and injuring a police officer with a wand known as an ‘antique iron.’
A jury in Kanawha County on Monday pleaded 28-year-old Joshua Drennen on eight charges, including murder and attempted murder in the killing of Barbara Steele in February 2020 and an attack on a Charleston policewoman, news servers reported.
Authorities allegedly killed Drennen’s Steele at her home, then committed autojacks and attacked a police officer the same day. A police officer shot Drennen during the attack.
According to police, Steele died of a head injury from blunt force.
Drennen’s lawyer claimed that his client suffered “delusions” and, according to court testimony, claimed that the crimes were the result of mental illness and drug use.
Conviction was handed down for next month.