Convicted of double murder, sentenced to 60 years
If he lives to complete his sentence, the Burlington County defendant convicted of a grisly double murder in Mount Holly will be closing in on 90 years of age.
The sentence for Dennis W. Pozniak, 29, originally of Cinnaminson, stipulates no possibility of parole, according to the office of Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi.
Pozniak was found guilty in December 2016 for the death if his girlfriend, Nicole Wilson, 24, and her father, Bryan Wilson, 53, in their Mount Holly Home in January 2015, in a trial that lasted seven weeks.
Investigators said that Pozniak had begun living under the Wilsons' roof before the murders. Pozniak, testifying on his own behalf, admitted bludgeoning the victims with a pipe wrench, but said he didn't recall killing them because he was strung out on drugs.
Another family member found their bodies the morning after the killings took place, authorities said.
Prosecutors contended that Pozniak acted out of rage after learning that his relationship with Nicole Wilson was over, and that he'd have to leave the house.
“These were horrific crimes that he committed, and he will never again be a free man,” Burlington County First Assistant Prosecutor Raymond E. Milavsky said after sentencing. “This is a verdict that justice required.”