Randy Shears, 22, formerly of Millvale, has been given a sentence he won't be able to serve in the murder of a 71-year-old Springfield Township man.
Judge Robert Ruehlman sentenced Shears to life without parole, plus 60 years in the kidnapping and beating death of Mahesh Banatwala, 71.
Banatwala and his Toyota Sedan went missing from his Springfield Township apartment last spring. The case remained a mystery for days. A police camera spotted his car driving on I-75, and the police tracked the car down to where it was abandoned on a back street in Westwood.
The prosecutor's office says the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Shears was charged with kidnapping, killing, and robbing Banatwala, and also with abusing his corpse. He was also accused of robbing another man and a Family Dollar Store. The specific charges were Aggravated Murder, Murder, Kidnapping, Gross Abuse of Corpse, Burglary, Aggravated Burglary, 3 counts each of Robbery and Aggravated Robbery, Having Weapons Under Disability (due to prior offenses), and Tampering with Evidence.
Shears went to trial on all 14 charges and was convicted of all 14.
The judge described Shears as a predator who showed no remorse. Shears requested a trial before a judge instead of a jury.