A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to life behind bars for running over her boyfriend with her minivan and killing him after feeling “disrespected.”
Dauphin County Judge Richard A. Lewis told Dolly Hendrickes, 40, that the fatal incident which took the life of 68-year-old Andres Claudio was both “bizarre and horrific” on Thursday, while sentencing her to life in prison, Penn Live reports.
One day earlier, a jury found Hendrickes guilty of first-degree murder for the October 2019 death. The Harrisburg Police claimed that she “intentionally” struck Claudio before fleeing the scene.
Not only did she flee the scene, but she apparently tried to take it easy for the rest of the day.
Lewis told Hendrickes on Thursday, “you drove home and relaxed on your back porch,” Penn Live reports.
The judge called her actions “as bizarre as they were horrific.”
During the trial, the jury watched footage of Claudio getting hit by Hendrickes; the incident was captured by the dashcam of a tractor-trailer that was stopped at the intersection. The footage showed Hendrickes drive her minivan onto the road’s median where she hit her boyfriend from behind.
But it didn’t end there. Claudio was dragged beneath the van for about 30 feet before Hendrickes took off, leaving her boyfriend to die. Claudio was then rushed to a hospital where he died after succumbing to his injuries.
Just moments before the murder, Claudio had gotten out of the van following an argument with Hendrickes.
“I was upset, frustrated. I felt disrespected and ignored,” Hendrickes told the jury during the trial, according to Penn Live. “My thinking at that time was not clear…I didn’t think before I reacted.”
She said she was “remorseful” and exclaimed that she missed Claudio. She also claimed that she was having a psychotic episode during the murder. The judge approved a request for her to be scheduled for mental health treatment in prison.
Hendrickes’ defense had attempted to get her convicted of a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.