A Warren County man who admitted to the brutal murder of his parents inside their home last fall was sentenced to 41 years in prison on Wednesday, authorities said in a statement.
Todd Warner of Washington Township has been charged with the October 27, 2019, death of his 73-year-old parents Frank and Joyanne Warner inside their home on Peregrine Drive. Todd Warner, who lived with his parents, used a wooden and aluminum bat to club his parents, covered them with plastic bags in an attempt to suffocate them, then stabbed them repeatedly with kitchen knives, state of police records.
Warner, 51, has been sentenced to two 36-year prison terms – one for the first degree murder of each parent – which will run concurrently. He will not be eligible for early release for this sentence, according to a press release from the Warren County District Attorney’s Office. He will also serve five years for a third degree felony of fraudulent use of a credit card.
Warren County Judge H. Matthew Curry imposed the sentence recommended by Assistant District Attorney Michael McDonald, the statement said. Warner was represented by lawyer Carrolyn Fiorino.
Frank and Joyanne Warner, who were in love with high school in Bound Brook, were married for 52 years. They were due to retire at the end of 2019 from their company, Frank Anthony Salon, in Chester, Morris County.
Warner pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and one count of fraudulent use of a credit card in a virtual hearing in Warren County Superior Court on September 16.
Police said that eight hours before their daughter discovered her parents ‘bodies after she became concerned for their well-being, Todd Warner stole her parents’ vehicle and fled to the Wind Creek Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. There, he used his father’s credit card to open a Wind Creek gamer card and got a cash advance worth several thousand dollars, police said.
The next day he was taken into custody while playing blackjack at Parx Casino in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. Police said he described in detail how he killed his parents when he was taken into custody.
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