A son who tortured and killed his mother before taking nearly 300 photographs of her body, including selfies, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.
David Sumney was sentenced on Thursday in Pennsylvania after pleading guilty to the third-degree murder of his own mother, 67-year-old Margaret Sumney, in 2019.
The 33-year-old beat Margaret to death and dumped her body in his South Lafayette bathroom.
He took 277 photographs of the blood-stained walls and posed for selfies with his mother’s body.
“I can’t believe I’d put myself in a position where I could do something so bad, so horrible,” he said. “I can’t believe what I did, that I killed my mother.”
Margaret’s family took issue with the plea deal, arguing that David should face first-degree charges and a longer prison sentence.
“You broke his back. You crippled our mother. And then you beat him and beat him. There was blood splattered on the walls,” David’s half-sister told the court via Zoom, as reported by The Daily Beast.
“But I think the sickest part is the photos. 277 photos. You only take photos when you want to go back and see what you did.
Two of his sisters were present at sentencing, and she pleaded with the judge to spare David for life.
“Most families are against it. I wanted to stand up and shout ‘No!’ But I wasn’t allowed to say anything. I was shaking my head, trying to keep myself in my seat,” 72-year-old Ann Shedd told dailymail.com.
David, who could already receive credit for time served, could be released from prison in 2039 when he will be just 51.
The plea deal signed in August shields David from first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse charges.
“Cases are routinely resolved against the will of family members and sometimes victims,” Judge Borkowski said.
His defense team argued that David was remorseful and had been a model prisoner, and a doctor claimed that he was incapacitated at the time of the murder due to an “extremely high dose” of Adderall.
Defense attorney Chris Paterini told the court that David’s actions were the result of drug and alcohol use
David was arrested a few days after the murder at an uncle’s funeral / He was wearing a silver bracelet and gold necklace with diamonds and had his mother’s debit card and three blank checks in her name.
Prior to his arrest, he was staying at a hotel, where he presented a set of pearls to a hotel manager and said: “A special woman to a special woman.”
Prosecutors said that before the murder, David had Googled: “How long does it take for a body to decompose?” and “How long do you wait to dispose of the body?”
David faces another criminal charge in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where an ex-girlfriend has claimed he strangled her and drowned her in 2019.