37-year-old Edward R. Myers, of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, pleaded no contest to his role in severely burning his then-girlfriend’s son. According to Pittsburgh’s WTAE, Myers formally entered a plea agreement with Butler County prosecutors on the day before his scheduled hearing.
The initial incident took place in May of 2013, when Myers and his 15-year-old son both splashed flammable nail polish remover on the victim, 7-year-old Daniel Podskalny. Myers’s son then lit Podskalny on fire, causing third-degree burns to the child’s face and chest. Months after, the 15-year-old was sent to a juvenile detention center, and may be staying there until he’s 21.
Should this plea agreement be accepted, Myers will face only four to 12 years in a state prison. It also calls for the dismissal of 15 lesser charges filed against him. The agreement still has to be approved by a judge before it is finalized, and Myers will ultimately receive his sentencing on August 26 for a crime that shocked western Pennsylvania.
The mother concluded her testimony with:
“The defendant has not only left scars on our bodies, he has left scars on our hearts.”
See the victim’s mother’s reaction to initial sentencing here:
h/t and featured photo: WTAE.