Mirinda Boob seeks new trial in 2009 murder case

lfalce@centredaily.comMay 20, 2014 

Mirinda Boob is still fighting her 2011 murder conviction.

Boob was found guilty in the 2009 death of her husband, Samuel Boob. Prosecutors said she lured him into the garage where an accomplice, Ronald Heichel, shot him twice.

Boob has appealed the conviction before. In October 2012, the state Superior Court denied the requests.

In January, Boob’s attorney, Charles Lopresti, filed a petition for post-conviction collateral relief, seeking an evidentiary hearing and a new trial.

One reason behind the request is cited as incompetent counsel. Boob’s former attorney, Ed Blanarik, who represented her through the trial and the initial appeal, died in February 2013.

According to Boob’s petition, she had a plea agreement in place with then-Centre County chief prosecutor Michael Madeira for less than 15 years, which was subsequently dismissed by newly elected District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller when she took office.

In the filing, Lopresti said Blanarik should have filed a motion to enforce that plea agreement and did not. He also alleges incompetence in not having any record of the plea agreement.

Although Blanarik’s death complicates this, Lopresti said in the filing that testimony regarding the existence of the plea agreement would be presented at an evidentiary hearing.

Boob was sentenced to life in prison for conspiracy. Heichel was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder and is serving a life sentence and a consecutive 20-year sentence.

A hearing on the petition is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 13 in Centre County Court.

Lori Falce can be reached at 235-3910. Follow her on Twitter @LoriFalce.

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