Man sentenced to life in professor’s death

Ponca City Now - July 14, 2015 9:48 am

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) – A Broken Arrow man convicted of first-degree murder in the 2013 slaying of a Northeastern State University professor has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1gyv7PS ) reports Joshua John Schneider was sentenced Monday for the death of 38-year-old Tiffany Rene Maher. Schneider also received life sentences for larceny of a house and first-degree arson. His sentences are set to run concurrently.

Prosecutors say the two met on dating website PlentyofFish.com. Court records say multiple fires had been set in Maher’s home, including the bed where she was found in May 2013.

Authorities said they identified Schneider as a suspect after finding messages exchanged between them before Maher’s death.

A tablet computer that was reported missing from Maher’s home was found at a Tulsa pawn shop. Authorities said the pawn shop informed them Schneider had sold the device.

 

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