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Man pleads to 3rd-degree murder in girlfriend’s slaying

April 8, 2019

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the shooting death of his live-in girlfriend that sent a SWAT team swarming over an eastern Pennsylvania neighborhood last summer.

Thirty-three-year-old Matthew Jensen also pleaded guilty Friday in Lehigh County to a firearms crime in the July 26 shooting in Allentown.

The (Allentown) Morning Call reports that First Assistant District Attorney Steven Luksa said the case stemmed from “a stew of mental illness and methamphetamine.”

Responding officers found 36-year-old Kristina Fenstermaker bleeding on the lawn from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers surrounded the home and ordered Jensen out, but later found he had fled.

He was captured without incident about seven hours later in outside a Walmart store in Pohatcong Township, just southeast of Phillipsburg, New Jersey.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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