‘You have no soul’ – Judge tells defendant
Philadelphia jury Thursday announced its decision to impose the death penalty for Jacob Sullivan
Sullivan, 46, raped, murdered and cut up his girlfriend’s adoptive teen daughter as part of a sick fantasy the Bucks County couple shared is sentenced to death
Despite the moratorium on capital punishment in Pennsylvania, juries can still impose the sentence in a symbolic act of punishment for the most heinous of crimes
Sara Packer admitted her desire for the death of Grace Packer, her 14-year-old adoptive daughter who earlier was sexually abused by her husband, David Packer
Judge Diane Gibbons told Sullivan in court: ‘You have no soul’
Packer and her then husband adopted Grace and Grace’s young brother in 2007
Sarah and David Packer cared for dozens of foster children before David was sent to prison for sexually assaulting Grace and another 15-year-old foster daughter
Child welfare failed to remove Grace from the home, despite evidence of abuse,
Grace Packer was abused in three previous homes before she was finally butchered in a rental home in Quakertown, Pa., on July 8, 2016
Sara Packer, pled guilty, Wednesday, to first-degree murder in exchange for a life sentence
Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges for killing Grace Packer in 2016, and today a Philadelphia jury announced its decision to impose the death penalty.
While Pennsylvania has a moratorium on the death penalty, juries can still impose the sentence in a symbolic act of punishment for the most heinous crimes.
Sara Packer, who adopted Grace and her younger brother in 2007, admitted this week that she had wanted the girl to die and was complicit in the vile act.
Sara Packer and Jacob Sullivan, 44, have been charged this week with rape, murder and abuse of a corpse in the killing of Packer’s 14-year-old foster daughter, Grace […]
The helpless teen was drugged, bound and raped by predatory Sullivan while Packer watched on.
When she tried to escape, she was strangled, dismembered and stored in cat litter before being dumped in the woods. Hunters found her remains in October 2016.
‘No soul’: The helpless teen was drugged, bound and raped by predatory Sullivan [photo], while her foster mom watched. After the teen’s futile attempt at escape, she was strangled, dismembered and stored in cat litter before being dumped in the woods. Hunters found her remains in October 2016
Sara Packer [photo] and Jacob Sullivan both were charged with rape, murder and abuse of a corpse in the killing of her foster daughter, Grace Packer
Before his death row makeover: The helpless teen was drugged, bound and raped by predatory Sullivan while Packer watched on
Sullivan had no reaction as the verdict was read and will spend the rest of his life on death row.
He was taken away and shaved after sentencing, with a follow-up police mugshot taken and shared among media.
‘The butchery in this case was beyond my ability to describe,’ Bucks County Judge Diane Gibbons told jurors, thanking them for their service.
Imposing the jury’s sentence on Sullivan, she declared: ‘You have no soul.’
District Attorney Matthew Weintraub had asked the jury to send Sullivan to death row, reminding them that Grace’s life ‘ended in a house of horrors that became a hell on Earth.’
The defense asked for a life sentence, insisting Packer masterminded the gruesome plot and controlled Sullivan.
Packer is due to plead guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a life sentence.
The Packer rental home. The teen’s corpse was kept in the attic for four months. According to their neighbor, they had both tried to commit suicide in the basement
Packer and Sullivan stored Grace’s body in cat litter for months, then hacked it up and dumped it in a remote area where hunters found it in October 2016, authorities said.
Packer and her then-husband David Packer, adopted Grace and Grace’s younger brother in 2007.
The couple cared for dozens of foster children before David Packer was sent to prison for sexually assaulting Grace and a 15-year-old foster daughter.
Sara Packer lost her job as a Northampton County adoptions supervisor in 2010 and was barred from taking in any more foster children.
But child welfare authorities did not remove Grace from the home, despite evidence of abuse.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services launched an investigation after Grace’s murder, but its findings have not been made public.
Pennsylvania last carried out an execution in 1999, and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on capital punishment in 2015.
There are 142 inmates on the state’s death row.