Life Sentence Reversed, Norman Gundrum Sentenced to Time Served

SUNBURY, Pa. -- A man who was sent to prison for murder as a teenager has been resentenced to time served.

A judge in Northumberland County resentenced Norman Gundrum Thursday morning to time served and made him immediately eligible for parole.

Gundrum and his attorney were emotional as the sentence was read.

Gundrum was 16 when he stabbed Bobby Coup to death in Milton back in 1993. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced as an adult to life in prison without parole.

Now, at age 42, Gundrun has been resentenced under a Post-conviction Relief Act appeal which allows those who committed murders as teenagers a chance to seek parole or a new sentence.

The two-day hearing started Wednesday when Gundrum testified about the sexual abuse he endured as a child and leading up to the murder of Coup.

Judge Paige Rosini said she had a statement from the victim's mother supporting Gundrum's release.

The judge said she is impressed that Gundrum took steps to better himself while in prison. his attorney believes he will do well once released.

"He has a place to go. He has friends. He's going to be fine. It's going to be different, it's a whole big world," said defense attorney Joseph D'andrea.

"I'm sorry for all the pain I've caused everybody," Gundrum said. "I promise to always do my best, make everybody proud."

"It's going to be a big adjustment, we all know that, But we're excited to take that journey with him," said Glenda Richards, Gundrum's cousin who was 14 at the time of the murder.

"My daughter has never gotten a chance to see him outside of where he was. Right now, it gives everyone a new hope, it's a hope we never thought we would see."

"He got his GED degree. He went and got two associates degrees. He's set up charitable foundations while in jail. He did all this without ever knowing he'd see the light of day," D'Andrea said.

Gundrum says he will live with a longtime friend in the Lewisburg area and hopes to go into construction. His attorney believes Gundrum will be released from prison by the end of this year.

12 comments

  • Mopar Driver (@RustyMopars)

    The law found juvenile life was unjust , PCRA was the avenue to overturn the sentence , This doesn’t mean to release , just resentence , so life is still possible just by numbers . This man probably should have not been convicted under today’s standards of victims , I hope he can heal and adjust to the new world .

  • anhsp (@anhsp2)

    To the people making negative comments about him….how would you feel if you were the one being abused? What might you be capable of doing? He was a teenager when this happened with raging emotions. I’m not saying he didn’t deserve to be punished for taking a persons life, but I think the he served his time and is now ready to live a life outside the prison walls. Yes he did something wrong, but he is remorseful for what he did and is trying to be a better man. In my opinion, let’s let him try to do that. .

  • bkrall3

    Why should everybody apologize to him? He was the one whom went out and stabbed that Milton boy to death in the first degree….
    Pennsylvania should have given him the death penalty, like a few of our southern states would of!!!!

    • bkrall3

      He apologized to everyone and their brother for killing him but is that going to bring that boy back to life??)
      NO!!!!!!

      • Rob

        He was sexually abused, forced to perform oral on other boys and he killed one that was trying to make him do it again. He should be apologized too.

      • Justice For Bobby

        If he’s so remorseful why would he proudly take someone to the body afterward to show what he did

      • darkhorse6669

        The victims mother supports him getting released, so what are you crying about? At least he went and tried to better himself and get educated, im sure you never have BKRALL3…

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